Desperate for regular playing time, Jeffrey Schlupp left Leicester City back in 2017 for a Crystal Palace side battling for survival.
Considering that, the fact that they were fighting to beat the drop, supporters were delighted to see someone of the 26-year-old’s experience join the club.
— Lynne (@ljbrameld) January 13, 2017
solid steady addition to the club.
— PALACE ALL OVER (@crystalpalace16) January 13, 2017
welcome to palace
— Mandy morgan (@mandyswagsta) January 13, 2017
welcome to south London
— Kim Theobald #FBPE (@KimEagles1905) January 13, 2017
Yes, great signing spot on lads #WelcomeSchlupp
— Joe (@joe_cpfc_01) January 13, 2017
excited for tomorrow’s game now #WelcomeSchlupp
— George (@chinowbu) January 13, 2017
decent signing…let’s get Evra now lads
— MrV (@kwaido81) January 13, 2017
I'm happy, good luck to the lad! #WelcomeSchlupp
— CrystalSeth (@SethGillman) January 13, 2017
And the above was a sentiment Sam Allardyce also shared, with the then Crystal Palace boss highlighting that experience as a reason for why he wanted Schlupp in his squad.
“I am delighted we have been able to secure Jeffrey’s services, he is a player I have admired for some time and is a talented and athletic player,” Allardyce told the club’s official website following Schlupp’s arrival.
“He will bring strength and experience to the defence and will be a major asset for the club.”
Not the flashiest of players, you can understand if some fans were not overly excited when the Ghana international joined the club.
But being an extremely hard worker down the left flank who is versatile and has experience, Schlupp is the kind of player a coach in charge of a relegation-threatened team wants.
Meanwhile, from the 2015/16 Premier League title winner’s perspective, it was a move he needed after becoming an outcast at Leicester.
And in the end, having become a key player for both Allardyce and his successor Roy Hodgson, you would have to say it was a move that has worked out well for all parties.
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