It is difficult to know what to expect from a new signing. We have already seen what Jason Puncheon has to offer. To give us an insight of their time at their former clubs we have been in touch with a Glasgow Celtic fan, a Blackburn Rovers fan, a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan and a Blackpool fan. They have given us their thoughts on Ledley, Dann, Hennessey and Ince.
Wolves fan Lee Jennings told us more about Wayne Hennessey. Lee runs the Leamington Wolves Twitter account.
Wayne is a top keeper. Wolves have three good keepers in Carl Ikeme, Aaron McCarey and Wayne. As he is the best of the three and been at the club a while he was sold due to his high wages. Wolves are building a new team and have literally shifted out most of the players that played a part in the last two disastrous seasons.
He has been a good servant to Wolves and has had some great seasons for us. He is likely to regret how his Wolves career ended with him refusing to play against Gillingham. This is another example of a player listening too much to their agents and showing a lack of respect to the people who pay his wages and the fans. Most Wolves fans will wish him well though as he was a class act for us and had some terrific games.
Wayne is still relatively young for a goalkeeper and if he stays fit I believe he will be a great signing for Palace. An international player with top flight experience. A good shot stopper and has a good old kick on him with his right boot. Some Wolves fans will say he is a bit suspect in commanding his area. I though believe he was getting better at this before his injuries although that was a few years ago now.
Good luck for the rest of the season. What a job Tony Pulis has done so far.
The first thing you will be pleased to know about Scott Dann is he is reliable.
Every centre back makes their mistakes, but Dann’s are far and few in between. As a captain, he’s confident, dominating and sensible. Dann has the ability to keep the back four in check, but can also direct the midfield. Consistency is one of Dann’s key attributes. While the centre back does suffer injuries on occasion, generally he is fully fit and avoids injuries like the plague.
Palace fans can expect a consistent and reliable performance from Scott Dann. In his time at Blackburn he has also been renowned for the odd power strike goal. Dann isn’t afraid to have a shot if he’s confident in his ability, so expect a couple of attacking plays too. He wouldn’t be described as outstanding, as Dann doesn’t tend to partake in all the fancy footwork and showboating skills – but what he does with the ball is important nonetheless.
He makes key clearances, well executed blocks and reacts quickly to speedy counters. Scott Dann will be a strong addition to the Eagles defence, and I’m sure he will be appreciated instantly. He’s a strong player, with more than just a defensive mind.
Next up we have Simon Boyle who has been going to watch Celtic for twenty years home & away all over Europe. From Stranraer on a rainy January night to the Nou Camp in the Champions League. You can find him on Twitter and here he shares with us his views on Joe Ledley.
I expect Joe Ledley to do well at Palace. Both Ki and Victor Wanyama have recently left the Celtic midfield and adapted to Premier League football well and I’d expect Joe to be no different. Ledley is very much a modern footballer, very fit, box to box and can play in a few different positions. He even played left back against the old Rangers in an important Old Firm win a few years ago. He’s a player who likes to get in the box and has a habit of scoring important goals.
His winning Old Firm goal at the end of 2012 knocked Rangers off the top of the table for the final time and Celtic went on to lift the championship and Rangers were later liquidated. Ledley acquitted himself well in Europe too. He was a vital part of the team who defeated Barcelona in the Champions League. His tactical discipline was vital in shackling Xavi and Iniesta that evening and I imagine he’s the type of player Pulis would like.
Being left footed he gives you a good balance in a midfield two and he could comfortably play left side of a three. He’s maybe not the most creative player you’ll ever see but if Palace are scrapping for points he’s a good man to have on your side. You get the impression he’s a popular team mate and he reacted very well to being left out in the early part of this season.
Good luck to him & Palace for the rest of the season.
Blackpool fan Mark Meadows tells us all about Tom Ince. Mark runs the Reuters Global Sports Forum, a sport chatroom for fans worldwide. As a correspondent for Reuters in London, Paris and Milan, he has covered three Champions League finals, a World Cup, two European Championships and innumerable domestic league and cup games. You can contact Mark through Twitter here.
Tom Ince kept Blackpool up last season single handedly and put us top of the Championship at the start of this term. He was that good, drifting past defenders like they weren’t there and often finishing with aplomb. His penalties were also a key factor. And then it all changed.
It mainly changed because his dad, as manager, started playing too defensively. That made Tom uncomfortable as Ince Senior was relying on his son more than before to be the main to score on the break. His form fell off a cliff edge and Blackpool began to nosedive, culminating in Inc’s sacking and Tom being allowed to join Palace.
He is a little arrogant and squared up to Blackpool fans towards the end of his time with us when he was admittedly unfairly the victim of abuse as we tried to oust his dad. Tom doesn’t pass the ball enough and tries to do everything himself which can be frustrating. However, finally being in the Premier League may give him renewed vigour and if Palace can get him playing like he was for Blackpool last season, you have an amazing player on your hands.
I still don’t understand why Liverpool let him go so cheaply. In my eyes, even after the big dip in form, he is better than Raheem Sterling. He has also impressed with the England under-21s but being away with them last summer knackered him for this season. He probably sees himself as a striker secretly but has never played up top per se. He is better on the wing or playing in the hole.
You shouldn’t think he is at Palace for good. His Blackpool contract runs out in the summer and he is a free agent. Reports say he has already agreed a move to Monaco but even if that is not true, he will quit palace in June if he thinks he can go somewhere better. To be fair to him though, he stuck with us a season more than I thought he might and realised he would get more game time with us that a big club. He turned down Cardiff in August with a fee agreed so he is not daft!