Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Crystal Palace transfers before season 1

Blog post 882

Hello dear readers,

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I have already played two first official matches with Crystal Palace but I am going to play 2-3 fixtures more and then come here with a report. At this point I'd like to share information about made summer transfers. There were no any revolutional squad changes. Moreover, I decided to focus on signing talented youngsters to bring them to the first squad onwards. This is a part of philosophy agreed with Crystal Palace board.

Players out

Unluckily, I didn't manage to sell dead weight players from U21 squad: Peter Ramage, Paddy McCarthy, Owen Garvan, Jimmy Kebe, Jerome Thomas. These five guys eat almost $105K per week from club payroll budget! 

I tried to sell them even for zero price and failed. The same failure happened with Crystal Palace Director of Football. It's pretty sad to say but it seems like a bug. Looks unrealistic when nobody wants pretty decent players transfer-listed with zero price tag.

How do you think about that?

Players in

1. Chris Eagles - Free

Chris was looking like a pretty obvious option to strengthen flanks. His experience should help Crystal Palace much. His versatility hints me we'll see Chris in many matches this season.

2. Dedryck Boyata - $600K


Boyata's profile looked better in previous Football Managers. Nevertheless, I seize on advantages transfer deal to get this strong centre back. I think Boyata can play decently even with those uninviting levels of Composure, Concentration, Marking... Surely his place is mostly sitting at substitution bench.

3. Massadio Haidara - Loaned from Newcastle


I did want to buy some left back to the team but didn't find a right candidate. That's why I decided just to add some squad depth with Haidara and use Joel Ward as main DL in Inverted Wing Back role.

4. John Souttar - $2.5M 

Extremely determined talent! I send him back to native Dundee United to grab match experience there. Hope all of us will see him debuting in Crystal Palace starting line-up next season.

 5. Jesus Vallejo - $1.2M

This wonderkid is able to play for Palace even now. Though I would use him as DMC but not centre back due to average physics.

I noticed Arsenal making bid and caught Vallejo out of their deal proposing a better contract (as I guess).

6. Ante Coric - $1.6M

 I got a hint to sign Coric in one of the comments at my blog. Thank you readers! I always read your comments with pleasure. Sometimes they do influence a whole FM story.
Ante Coric is already very technical player for his age. I think he can turn into a world class star in 5-6 years!

 7. Hayden White - $1.8M

I found White looking through U21 England squad. Hope he will grow during trainings and begin competing for starting line-up in couple of years.


In the end I want to say Premier League has already started and here are some odds for you:

Excited to blog for you,
Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.