Woosie's Words: Would AJ's return have been all that good for Crystal Palace - I'd like to think it would
Crystal Palace announced its 25 man Premier League squad this week, with notable exclusions for two recent signings in Stephen Dobbie and Florian Marange.
Other senior players to miss out were Owen Garvan and Aaron Wilbraham, with the former taking to twitter to seemingly express his dissatisfaction at missing out.
It was not long ago that I predicted, rather boldly, perhaps, that Palace would have enough to keep their heads above water.
A flurry of transfer activity in the final week of the transfer window has strengthened the squad, particularly with the signing of Adrian Mariappa.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Parr and Paddy McCarthy returned from injury to play 45 and 55 minutes respectively, for the development squad on Tuesday night.
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Palace certainly did well in the transfer window, despite missing out on Darren Bent and Nicklas Bendtner, as well as other targets.
It was the return of a Selhurst Park hero that caught my eye on deadline day more than any other potential signing.
Steve Parish criticised QPR for moving the goalposts regarding a deal for Andy Johnson. If Johnson had returned, what would the reaction have been?
Would he go the way of Dougie Freedman and Peter Taylor whose (admittedly, non playing) returns to Selhurst Park failed to go smoothly? Would he be a roaring success?
Frankly, I didn’t care. This was the big transfer. Other than Freedman, the first player I truly idolised and was desperate to see return.
Clearly, Johnson wanted a return to the club where he made his name, and to see the name Andrew Johnson on the team sheet for a Palace side once again would have warmed the hearts of many Palace fans.
Sadly, as Keith Millen said “it wasn’t to be”. For once, I let my heart rule my head when it came to a transfer, but that’s what supporting Palace is all about, losing your head once in a while.
Looking at it from a rational perspective, the deal would have been risky.
A three-year contract for a 32-year-old striker with a history of injury problems would surely have some degree of sentiment involved.
Perhaps then, it was a deal worth being left alone.
Nonetheless, Johnson would have had plenty of experience to pass on to the younger members of the squad, but one might argue that Palace have “the master” already in Kevin Phillips.
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