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A regular blog dedicated to Crystal Palace Football Club through the eyes of a fanatical supporter, contemplating everything from results to the colour of Stuart O'Keefe's boot laces…

Archive for the month “November, 2014”

Crystal Palace Supposedly Keeping Tabs On Senegal International

According to reports in The Mirror, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland are keeping tabs on 24-year-old Senegalese midfielder Stephane Badje ahead of the January transfer window.

Although the midfielder is currently under contract with Norwegian side Brann, the three clubs are believed to have been alerted to the fact that he has a £750,000 release clause in his contract, making a move for him in the New Year easily achievable for all of the interested parties.

At home in the centre of midfield, Badje can also play on the right-hand side, whilst standing at an imposing 6″3, he would offer any new employers a real presence in the middle of the pitch.

Having been picked twice for his country already, there is a chance that he could also be selected for next year’s African Cup Of Nations, which would obviously have an impact on when he would be able to make his debut for a new club; not that it should matter too much if a club’s are genuinely impressed with him prior to the opening of the transfer window.

We’re now just 31 days away from the relative madness that January brings. God knows who we’ll be linked with over the next eight weeks…

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McArthur Offers Palace A Sprinkling Of True Premier League Class

When he arrived at the end of this summer’s transfer window, James McArthur was viewed by most Palace fans as a solid addition to a side searching for top flight experience. After just a few months in South London, the Scotsman looks to be every inch the player we had hoped he were buying.

Far from extravagant, McArthur’s whole game revolves around consistency, doing the simple things well, over and over again. Whilst no one would describe him as spectacular, his presence in the midfield adds a huge amount to our overall play, offering a calm head when all those around him could easily lose theirs.

A great passer of the ball, McArtthur is also more than happy to track a man and make a tough tackle when the occasion calls for it, incorporating both attacking and defensive attributes into an overall style which allows him to adapt to a number of tactical approaches.

Yesterday’s game at Swansea highlights the midfielder’s positional versatility perfectly, as he arrived on the field for the injured Dwight Gayle with his teammates struggling to cope with the neat passing and movement of Garry Monk’s side.

Played in a more advanced role than normal, behind lone striker Marouane Chamakh, McArthur gave us a figure with which to build possession around in the final third. Never risking the ball unnecessarily, the former Wigan man gave a calmness to proceedings that we almost certainly wouldn’t have cultivated without him.

Despite the relative infancy of his Crystal Palace career, it’s fair to say that he is already becoming a firm fan’s favourite, almost never making mistakes, whilst demonstrating a work-rate that could win over even the most sceptical of onlookers.

With the visit of Aston Villa looming large, we could well see the central midfield trio of McArthur, Ledley and Jedinak used once more by Neil Warnock, with the added strength it offers us proving to be pivotal in securing a point at The Liberty Stadium yesterday afternoon.

In James McArthur, the club have undoubtedly signed a Premier League star.

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