Kieran’s Summer Wish List… Goalkeepers and Defenders

Kieran’s Summer Wish List… Goalkeepers and Defenders
May 29, 2016

by Crystal Palace

If we proved anything last season, it is that the Premier League really is a marathon not a sprint. We came out the blocks quickly; people were whispering about a Europa League spot, a top 10 finish minimum. However, the second half of our season showed just what is wrong with our squad. I think it is fair to say that the strength in depth is non-existent; this does not cause a huge problem for Pardew because he hates rotation anyway, he has 11 players that he can trust and everyone else is used in an emergency. However, when players like McArthur, Bolasie and Wickham all get injured around the same time we get found out.

I have repeatedly tried to emphasize just how important this summer is, solely down to the new TV deal that is coming into play, therefore it will be necessary to forget about sentiment and be a little more ruthless. I fully expect the likes of Marouane Chamakh, C.Y Lee and Brede Hangeland to depart South London this summer.

 

A Goalkeeper

I think it is probably a general consensus among all Palace fans that we desperately need to find a new man to stand between the sticks. Hennessey and McCarthy have not reached the standards expected; just look back to Aston Villa away and Liverpool at home, it really does epitomize their season. And it is just about time to accept that Speroni is coming to the end of his career, he is not the answer to our problems.

Name: Tim Krul

Age: 28

Nationality: Dutch

Club: Newcastle

Market Value: £6 Million

Tim Krul signed a professional contract with Newcastle in 2007 and was made Newcastle’s first choice keeper in 2010 by Alan Pardew. Despite making around 190 appearances for Newcastle, their latest relegation will put Krul’s loyalty to the ultimate test. An appealing offer from the capital could be too much to turn down.

 

Name: Wojciech Szczesny

Age: 26

Nationality: Polish

Club: Arsenal

Market Value: £7.5 Million

Szczesny spent the whole of last season on loan at Roma and it is likely that the out of favour shot stopper will leave North London this summer. His obvious destination may be abroad, perhaps back to Roma, however the attraction of the Premier League may be enough to sway his decision.

 

Name: Michel Vorm

Age: 32

Nationality: Dutch

Club: Spurs

Market Value: £4 Million

Vorm made a name for himself whilst playing for Swansea; his impressive performances merited a contract at Tottenham. However, since moving to the capital Michel Vorm has struggled to cement any sort of place. The prospect of more first team football could be exactly what Vorm wants and for a price tag as small as £4 million, surely it is a no brainer?

 

Right Backs

If you had asked me what I thought of Joel Ward a year ago, I would have said if he keeps up the good work he would be pushing for an England call up. Nevertheless, this season has provided a golden example as to why Joel is not a natural right back. It would also seem that Pardew is reluctant to allow Martin Kelly to prove he is the right man. Kelly had a good spell at the start of the season and then a good game against Spurs in the cup but chances have been few and far between.

 

Name: Carl Jenkinson

Age: 24

Nationality: English

Club: Arsenal

Market Value: £6 Million

Another out of favour Arsenal player that spent the whole of the 15/16 campaign on loan. However, Jenkinson failed to impress at all at West Ham and after suffering an injury the loan was terminated prematurely. For the right price this could be a fantastic asset to our defence.

 

Name: Dominic Iorfa

Age: 20

Nationality: English

Club: Wolves

Market Value: £500,000

I first saw Iorfa playing for England’s U21’s VS Switzerland, he looked very good. Pacey, tall and strong; everything you could want in a full-back. He loves to sprint forward and can also defend. However, if Pardew is to lure the U21 international, it will cost considerably more than the £500,000 valuation.

 

Name: Mathieu Debuchy

Age: 30

Nationality: French

Club: Arsenal

Market Value: £5.5 Million

Like Tim Krul, Debuchy was at Newcastle under the guidance of Alan Pardew. After securing a move to Arsenal and spending 1 season as their first choice right back, the services of Bellerin pushed Debuchy out of the first team and then ultimately out of the squad. His preferred move may be to a team in France; however Palace could be the perfect place for him to resurrect his career.

 

Centre-Backs

With Delaney at the twilight of his career and Mariappa, Hangeland and McCarthy all on their way out of Selhurst, it is essential that Pardew recruits a first team replacement.

 

Name: Steven Caulker

Age: 24

Nationality: English

Club: QPR

Market Value: £5 Million

I am a huge fan of Caulker, although I am well aware there are plenty who are not. After spending half the season at Southampton and the other half at Liverpool, it is obvious that he will return to QPR this July. There is no disputing that Steven Caulker is better than mid-table championship and there will be no surprise when he goes searching for regular Premier League football next season, he could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

 

Name: Phil Jones

Age: 24

Nationality: English

Club: Manchester United

Market Value: £11 Million

Jones carries quite a high valuation; however recent history would suggest that United will be more than willing to offload the English centre-half for less than half of that. Van Persie was sold for £4 million, Kagawa was let go for a similar price tag and Nani left United for peanuts. It is very unlikely that Mourinho will want to keep hold of the England international.

 

Name: James Tomkins

Age: 27

Nationality: English

Club: West Ham

Market Value: £4.5 Million

James Tomkins was a West Ham regular until Ogbonna claimed his centre-half position. Since then Tomkins has become quite a forgotten myth; a move from East London in search of first team football could be on the cards.

 

Name: Marc Bartra

Age: 25

Nationality: Spanish

Club: Barcelona

Market Value: £9 Million

I have only seen Bartra a couple of times in the past but I know of a few people that rate the centre-half very highly. Barcelona have already suggested that Bartra may be available for around £6.5 million. If Pardew could wrap this deal up, it would be a masterclass.

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