Many Crystal Palace fans are reacting to the latest comments from new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta as he talked about his ambitions.
The striker signed recently and after the club sorting out some visa issues, the Frenchman is now available for selection. He was speaking to the club, relayed via both @cpfc_xtra and @palace_transfer, and said: “I want to break everything. I’m starving, hungry… I’m going to have to work. We can qualify for the Europa League for starters! After that, Crystal Palace can help me find a club where I’ll stay for 10 years and where I’ll win trophies.”
These comments show that he has a lot of ambition and this is good to see from a 23 year-old looking to make a name for himself. However, a lot of the Palace fan base have taken this badly – they see it as the player using the Eagles as a stepping stone. One fan called the comments ‘strange’.
Mateta has been in great form this season for Mainz (WhoScored). He has played 17 times in all competitions and picked up ten goals and one assist, with seven of these goals coming in the Bundesliga.
The signing looks very promising and if Roy Hodgson can get the best out of him, the club could push for a top half finish this season. Since the 2015/16 season, the highest the Eagles have finished is eleventh it shows that the ambition has been lacking, and therefore the comments by Mateta seem somewhat justified.
Here is what Palace fans said following these comments:
“Hopefully this is just a poor choice of words”
“To have this much confidence I expect very big things.”
“Seems really happy to be with us”
“Strange quote this.”
“Why is our club desperate to get strikers in like Mateta and Tosun who don’t want to play for us, yet we do every thing we can to push Benteke out the club who actually wants to be here”
“Mainz fans did warn us of his attitude”
In other Palace news, have a read of a bizarre statistic about the club which fans aren’t happy with here!
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