This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Crystal Palace signed Mile Jedinak from Turkish league side Genclerbirligi, per Transfermarkt, he was an unknown, but on a free transfer, it wasn’t seen as a risky transfer to make. His career at South London turned him quickly into a Palace legend and fans loved the Australian for his passion, pride and the leadership he showed on the pitch and he ended up becoming a great profit player.
Back when he signed in 2011, he joined a side just about surviving in the Championship. Five years and 179 appearances later, a period in which he managed to score ten goals and provide ten assists, via Transfermarkt, the Eagles were a comfortable Premier League side and he was vital to getting them to England’s top flight which was highlighted by the fact that he was the captain for them from 2012, until Alan Pardew took it from him in his last season.
He also was part of the Australia squad, playing 79 times and scoring 20 goals, whilst at the South London side. He eventually left Palace due to manager at the time Pardew deeming him surplus to requirements. Even though this didn’t go down well with fans, it cannot be argued that he ended up being a great bit of business for the team, as Aston Villa, who were in the Championship at the time, signed him for £4.4 million in 2016.
Jedinak will always be welcomed back to Selhurst Park, and it is easy to see why if you look at his career at the club, and all this combined with the fact they made over four million on him highlights that he was a good profit player for the Eagles.
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