Palace midfielder Barry Bannan is a much-loved member of the current squad, but it looks as if he is ready to leave Selhurst Park for good this summer in search of regular game time.
The 25-year-old joined from Aston Villa in the summer of 2013, and has since struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the side, with his diminutive stature often working against him, given the physical style our midfield has often adopted during our two year spell in the top flight.
Still seen as a key member of Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad, Bannan is understandably desperate to ensure that he doesn’t lose his place, with the Tartan Army still in with a chance of qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer. With that in mind, a number of Championship clubs thought to be ready to offer him a starting spot in their side, including Bolton Wanderers, with whom he spent time on loan last season.
It will be a shame to lose Bannan this summer if he does indeed move on, but with the Palace midfield possessing more strength in depth than at any stage before in the club’s 110 year history, there is almost no chance of him ever establishing himself as a big part of Alan Pardew’s plans.
The Scot is traveling with the squad to Berlin ahead of our pre-season game tomorrow afternoon, but we could hear news of an official bid for his services in the coming days. We’ll keep you updated.