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 Glenn Murray signed for Crystal Palace on a free transfer in 2011 from arch rivals Brighton, per Transfermarkt, fans did not know what to expect. It didn’t help that he was signed from the Seagulls and even though he was finding the back of the net before he arrived at the South London side, it was in League One. His eventual rise at the Eagles and the importance he had whilst at the club, whilst eventually being sold for a great profit highlighted what a bargain he was for the side.
Murray would go on to make 126 appearances for Palace, scoring a very impressive 47 goals and also managing 15 assists, per Transfermarkt. A lot of his goals were important and are a huge reason as to why the side see themselves in the Premier League.
Could Palace have got promoted without Glen Murray?
In their promotion season back in 2012/13, Murray managed to score 30 goals in 42 appearances, and was the top goal scorer in the Championship, per World Football. This propelled the Eagles into the play-offs which he was sadly injured for, but they were promoted at Wembley. They have stayed in England’s top flight ever since, via Premier League. Without his goals that campaign, it is definitely worth questioning whether the club would be where they are today as it is likely they wouldn’t have made the top six.
Eventually he was surplus to requirements and manager Alan Pardew sold him to AFC Bournemouth for £4.86 million in 2016, via Transfermarkt. Even though fans were reluctant for the player to go at the time, it was definitely a great deal for the club in regards to how much profit they got for him, especially for a striker already in his 30’s when he was sold.
Murray ended up becoming a cult hero at the club, and whenever he comes up against the side, he is still applauded for his time at the club, that is despite now being back at their arch-rivals Brighton. He will definitely be appreciated by supporters for many years, and it is also good that the club managed to acquire him for nothing in the first place.
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