Opinion

The Eagles Worst Signings In Recent Memory

At the time of writing, I, like many other Palace fans am getting slightly concerned about the lack of signings so far this summer.

A new signing brings optimism to fans. Think Christian Benteke. Sometimes it leaves us a little confused. Think Zeki Fryers. It is what makes the transfer window so intriguing. I am sure Frank de Boer and Steve Parish are working diligently behind the scenes to get the right players in on the best deals.

It is a good time to remember those players that have found it impossible to find their way into the hearts of Palace fans during their time at the club. Below are a few reminders of some of the poorer signings that have pulled on a Palace shirt in recent years.

Jordon Mutch

A relatively new entry. Snapped up from Queens Park Rangers after failing to get into their team regularly. Fans had hoped he would crack on and regain the form he showed whilst at Birmingham City and Cardiff City. However, just over thirty appearances for Palace have shown he is not good enough and a recent loan spell to Reading last season surely means he is on his way out of Selhurst Park. The fans are not complaining.

Calvin Andrew

Signed from Luton Town by Neil Warnock after making scoring four goals in a little over fifty appearances. Hardly inspiring form and needless to say, he took this level of proliferation to Palace by scoring twice goals in a similar amount of appearances. He was then loaned out to that lot on the South Coast, that other lot in South London that wear blue, Swindon Town and Leyton Orient before finally leaving for Port Vale. Whilst always workman like, he never even began to set the stands alight.

Steffen Iversen

Signed as a player with a large amount of experience at the highest level with Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers. His first game for Palace saw him netting against Preston North End to ensue a first win in five matches for the Eagles. However, after more than twenty appearances, he only scored one more goal before his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Dave Martin

Signed by Peter Taylor from Dartford he was proclaimed as one for the future. However, he made a total of fourteen appearances with injuries and managerial changes leaving him sidelined before being sold to Millwall. At least we got our money back on this one.

Jermaine Easter

Signed by Dougie Freeman from MK Dons after a loan stint at Swansea City. Easter failed to live up to the high expectations managing just eight goals in just over fifty appearances. He was then loaned to Millwall whom he joined permanently shortly after.

Paul Ifill

Joined Palace in 2007 for £800,000. However, for his time at Selhurst he struggled to maintain fitness consistently. He scored nine goals in sixty plus appearances. He went on to be sold to Wellington Phoenix where his career continued to sink  down under.

Tomas Brolin

The perennially overweight Brolin joined Palace after a short trial and was immediately in the first team due to a lack of striking options. Much famed for his exploits in the Swedish national team and a successful spell with Parma in Italy it was hoped he could bring an attacking threat to the Eagles. However, he failed to find the net in thirteen appearances for the club and was released after Palace were relegated from the Premier League that season.

Ade Akinbiyi

Arrived at Palace for a reported £2.2million from Leicester City where he just had a season missing some of the easiest chances imaginable. In his time at Palace he made over twenty appearances scoring three goals before being loaned to Stoke City where his form improved somewhat.

Itzik Zohar

The Israeli international joined Palace with a good reputation as a dead ball specialist and a young prospect. However, appearances including a decisive missed penalty which cost Palace a match which spelled the end of his short stint at Selhurst Park.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Joined the club in 2016 during the January transfer window in the hope that he would score a few goals and help ensure safety in the Premier League. He made twelve appearances and scored just the one goal. The option to renew his contract was not picked up, unsurprisingly. Has recently stated that joining Palace was the worst career decision he has made. We can only say the decision to sign him really was one of ours.


Let’s not be too negative here though as there have been plenty of very good signings for Palace, it’s just the bad ones that stick in the mind more easily. Here are my picks of the best signings the club have made.

Attilio Lomabardo

Joined in 1997 and instantly became a fan favourite scoring in his first game against Everton. His form that season earned him a recall to the Italian national team and Palace were tenth in the league. However, an injury whilst with Italy meant he was out of action and Palace were bottom by the time he returned to action. After Steve Coppell stood down as manager, Lombardo took the managerial reigns until the end of the season which ended in relegation. Despite that, Lombardo chose to stay on in Division One before being sold to Lazio for financial reasons. Our arguably favourite Italian was voted into the Palace Centenary XI despite making less than fifty appearances for the club and scoring ten goals.

Andy Johnson

Joined from Birmingham as part of a deal that took Clinton Morrison to St Andrews. AJ soon enamoured the fans at Selhurst Park after scoring a hat-trick against Brighton. He helped Palace to promotion to the Premier League where he won the golden boot despite the club quickly returning to the Championship but stayed on to help Palace regain their top flight status once again. He was voted into the Centenary XI whilst still playing for the club but was eventually sold to Everton after the club failed to gain promotion. Johnson briefly returned to Palace in the twilight of his career but made just one appearance in the League Cup. He scored 85 goals in 160 appearances and will always be a Palace legend.

Yannick Bolasie

Signed for an undisclosed fee in 2012 and played a pivotal part in getting Palace promoted as well as retaining their Premier League status. He also scored an eleven minute hat-trick against Sunderland becoming the first Palace player to do so in the Premier League. His high levels of performances eventually attracted the attention of bigger clubs and ended up being sold to Everton for £25million in 2016.

Mile Jedinak

Joined from Genclerbirligi, Turkey in 2011 and went on to become a firm fan favourite with his performances. He took over the captaincy and went on to score the winning goal that ensured Palace were in the play offs which resulted in promotion. Jedi was a fine leader and player and represented the club superbly. He left to join Aston Villa after Alan Pardew removed the captain’s band from him in 2016. Mile made 178 appearances in total for Palace scoring ten goals. Still very much missed by fans.

Wilfried Zaha

Do I really need to add anything here?

 


DO YOU AGREE WITH THE SIMON’S LIST OF THE WORST AND BEST SIGNINGS? HAS ANYONE BEEN MISSED? COMMENT BELOW OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO LET US KNOW WHO YOU WOULD ADD TO EITHER LIST.

 

 

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Simon Allen

Simon Allen

Palace supporter for as long as he can remember thanks to his Dad. Passing the tradition onto his three young sons. Works in public affairs. Enjoys writing about Palace, sport and politics.

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