Ledley And Campbell Among Those On Leavers List
The Premier League recently published the released list which shows the players that have been released by clubs following the 2016/17 season.
It is perhaps that sad time of year when the realisation for some, particularly younger players, that they will not be offered a new contract. For Palace, there were little in the way of surprises as to who was on the list.
Here is our run down of the leavers this summer along with a few comments from the team here at TEB.
The bearded genius is no doubt the highest profile of the leavers this summer and while we knew it has been coming, it is still difficult to come to terms with. The likable Welshman achieved a cult following in his time wearing the red and blue, contributing when called upon in a manner you would expect from the model professional. Signed from Celtic in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, the Cardiff born midfielder made over 80 appearances for the Eagles and scored 6 goals.
James Howland described much of what the fanbase felt about the news:
‘It shows how far we’ve come that when Ledley arrived at the club, he was noticably our best retainer of the ball in midfield, but he has been let go as he is no longer good enough on the ball. His commitment and beard could never be questioned’
Meanwhile, Lucy White could not hide the emotional attachment;
‘The welsh wizard, the bearded wonder with the best fashion sense in the Valley’s always put in a shift and will be sorely missed by Palace fans.’
The much travelled striker arrived at Selhurst Park in 2014 from Cardiff for a fee believed to be in the region of £900k. The former England international has been ridiculed more than perhaps he should have been in his time at the club but he was always energetic when called upon and more often than not played and trained with a smile on his face. A clear character in and around the training ground who came off the bench to score at Hull to secure a valuable point. The Huddersfield born player made over 40 appearances for Palace and scored 5 goals.
Sam Smith was rather honest with his views of the former Manchester United academy product:
‘Unquestionable commitment and a couple of important goals. Equally unquestionable in terms of talent but will find his level with a good Championship side.
An extremely late addition to the squad last summer when it became clear that Palace were a man down in their calculations. While the Frenchman did not set South London alight on the pitch, his experience and know how would have no doubt been invaluable in and around the training ground. The former Arsenal midfielder made 10 appearances for the club.
Another from the Manchester United production line joined the Eagles in 2014 from Spurs. Unfortunately, the 24 year old has never been able to hold down a first team spot at any club he has been to and it was a similar story at Palace. Two separate spells on loan at Rotherham United and Ipswich Town among less than a handful of appearances for the Palace first team suggests it was only a matter of time before his departure was announced. The highlight has to be that super cross that contributed to an excellent away win at Sunderland.
Kevin DeVries summed up Zeki perfectly:
‘The former Spurs legend was one of the best to lace up the boots. That doesn’t speak of his footballing ability at all, he’s just really good at tying shoes which is great as that was basically all he managed to do each match day’.
While Sam added:
‘Awful for the youth team in previous seasons before being thrown into the first team this season out of pure desparation. Most teams exploited him and Allardyce quickly realised this, bringing in two capable left backs in the January transfer window.’
There was plenty of anticipation for the Ghanaian striker who joined the club from non-league Margate in 2011 where he scored a blistering 22 goals in 24 appearances. Unfortunately, the Thamesmead born striker was restricted to just 6 appearances for Palace as he spent the majority of his time on loan either side of a horrible knee injury which did not help his cause. The 26 year old has signed for AFC Wimbledon where he spent a successful loan spell in 2014.
Others released by the club were Corie Andrews, Jonathan Benteke, Luke Croll, Ryan King-Elliott, Randell Williams and Ben Wynter.
All of us at TEB would like to wish them all the best for the future and we look forward to following the rest of their footballing career.