Crystal Palace will not be signing Danny Simpson before January this summer, despite many rumours suggesting that Palace were going after the right-back.
According to The Athletic journalist Matt Woosnam, Crystal Palace are unable to sign any players on a free, as they fulfilled their quota for their squad with 25 players over the age of 21.
Unlike most years at Selhurst Park, the official squad was not released by the club, meaning that it was left ambiguous as to whether Palace would be dipping their toes into the free-agent market.
This means that any potential transfer for Danny Simpson (TEAMtalk) is now impossible unless a player is released or leaves on loan, and even then the club must ask permission from the Premier League before a player can join, says Matt Woosnam.
Bearing in mind Palace’s struggles at right-back, this could become an issue for them as they will not be able to sign anyone if a couple more injuries arise, which could leave them really short.
So far they only have Joel Ward and Martin Kelly – with the latter starting the two opening games as a centre-half – representing a severe lack of depth and attacking calibre on the right-side of defence – neither player has recorded an assist since the 17/18 season.
However, within the context of solely Danny Simpson, it could be good news for Palace as it is hard to see what the player could bring to the club. Simpson represents problems which are rife throughout the Palace squad. Firstly, Palace already have an ageing squad – having the second oldest average age in the league, according to Transfermarkt.
Secondly, the Eagles already have a wage bill which is too large, according to Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, with many older players occupying those wages.
Simpson – a 32-year-old former Premier League winner – would only be adding to those problems. Furthermore, in his 213 Premier League games, Simpson has recorded just seven assists, therefore having the same problems for creating chances as Ward and Kelly.
If Ward was to get injured and Kelly still has to fill in at centre-back, that’s when an issue would arise.
While there are clear problems at right-back, it’s a good thing Simpson won’t be joining. Still, the fact the club are so short in that area does remain a worry, despite the fact Simpson is not a fit.
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