Rumour mill in full swing at SE25

Last updated : 05 August 2013 By Daniel Smith

Depending on what you read and who you listen to, the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Darren Bent, Scott Parker, Scott Sinclair, and Carlton Cole amongst others are being linked to permanent or loan deals to the Eagles.

These are just some of the names that have been thrown out in recent weeks, and whilst some will be based on specific information, others will be pure conjecture and have no basis in fact.

Palace have been known for minimal activity in the transfer window, much to some fans frustration, when it comes to big name signings. This first season back in the Premier League offers the chance for that to change.

But many have felt that the clubs performance in the market has been below par. What must be remembered is that this is a club that not that long ago couldn’t afford to pay its players’ wages on time.

It’s been noticeable on social media that when a certain player moves to another club, there is brief annoyance that Palace did not get said player. Whilst the transfer activity may have been fairly limited so far, it must be remembered that Palace are in a difficult position in the market place.

Despite promotion, the club cannot afford to implode like it did three years ago and so the owners are naturally cautious when securing deals. Also, there will be more attractive options for players in the market with clubs that have more financial clout to offer deals.

But both the manager and owners have expressed that things are progressing. Maybe not at the rate they would have hoped for, but in order to take care with the business they are doing, things will take time.

As supporters it is important to remember that there are many options for footballers at this time with regards to financial rewards, and Palace are not at the top end of this spectrum.

Whilst strengthening of the squad is undoubtedly needed, it mustn’t come at a detrimental cost to the squad or club.

Whoever comes in between now and the end of the transfer window will have to fight for their place, and then fight to keep Palace in the division. Let’s sit back and see what plays out between now and then, and take all speculation with a pinch of salt.

Daniel Smith: @dmsmith1987