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Archive for the month “January, 2015”

Palace Striker Snubs QPR Move To Stay & Fight For His Place

According to reports in today’s Mirror, Fraizer Campbell is desperate to stay and fight for his place at Palace after recent speculation had linked him with a move to QPR.

The former Manchester United academy man only arrived at Selhurst Park last summer, leaving recently relegated Cardiff City for another crack at the Premier League, but after a start to the campaign which has seen him score just three goals, there were some suggestions that another change of scenery may have been on the cards.

After Alan Pardew stated that Campbell “was never going anywhere” when asked directly about the rumours on Thursday, the recent stories claiming that Palace were considering using him as a makeweight to bring in Jordon Mutch were proved to be wide of the mark, with the striker instead now set to battle it out with five competitors for a starting place at the head of the side.

Although lacking the coolness in front of goal displayed by the likes of Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh, Campbell is a real grafter, happy to pull defenders all over the field in the hope of pouncing on an unexpected mistake or misplaced pass. Whilst perhaps unlikely to be trusted at the head of the side over the next few weeks, his performance against Southampton last weekend highlighted his best attributes, with hard work contributing to arguably his best performance of the season so far.

There is no harm in having a few players of Campbell’s ilk around the squad, with a fierce competition for places always conducive to a winning mentality at the top level. Given his desire to stay and fight for a place in the side, everything points towards a group whose collective spirit is as strong as ever, which certainly bodes well for the tricky weeks and months ahead of us.

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STOP THE PRESS: Crystal Palace Have Finally Signed A Left-Back

Three days short of the transfer deadline, Crystal Palace last night confirmed the permanent signing of Lille and Senegal left-back Pape Souare for a fee believed to be in the region of £3.5 million.

The 24-year-old had been on the club’s radar for some time, but thanks to the African Cup of Nations taking place throughout January, negotiations over his transfer had taken a little while longer than first anticipated.

Souare makes the move to south London having made a name for himself in France, where his performances in a strong Lille defence have shown him to be every inch a modern full-back, happy to get forward, but athletic enough to do so whilst maintaining a grasp of his defensive duties too.

A star of the Senegal side the traveled to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, Pape impressed onlookers in an attacking sense, with the near three years that have passed since seeing him improve his game in a number of other areas, leading to the Palace scouting team identifying him as the man for them in the months since the transfer window was last open.

Following the anti-climax that came with Zeki Fryers’ arrival from Tottenham in the summer, Eagles fans are desperately hoping that we now have a man who is capable of holding down a regular place in the starting eleven for the foreseeable future, after years of uncertainty on the left side of our back four.

Although he will play no part in this afternoon’s game against Everton, his arrival was announced by Palace chairman Steve Parish last night on Twitter, in what may well be the last piece of business we do in the transfer window.

Welcome to the mad house, Pape.

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