This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Back in January 2015, Crystal Palace had recently appointed former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as they saw themselves embroiled in a relegation battle, via BBC Sport. By January 20th, they were out of the relegation zone after a dramatic 3-2 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor, per BBC Sport, but were still only four points away from the bottom three.
They needed an attacking influence, and in the last couple of days of the January transfer window, they signed creative midfielder Jordan Mutch for £5.71 million from fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, per Transfermarkt. The Englishman had only played 11 games for QPR as he had only just signed for the club in the summer, and maybe this should have been the first warning sign for the Eagles that buying the player for such a price was a very bad deal.
Was Jordan Mutch Palace's worst ever signing?
In every one of his 40 appearances for the club, the midfielder hardly put a foot right, looking lethargic and way out of his comfort zone, and it showed as he failed to score a single goal or provide an assist during his time at the South London side, via Transfermarkt.
Manager after manager came through at Palace, but Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer never had Mutch in their plans, he was loaned out to Reading in 2017, and then when he came back in the summer, de Boer left him out of the squad which went on a tour of Asia over pre-season, per Crystal Palace.
This signalled the end for the midfielder as he was loaned out to MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps but the club did not want to sign him permanently, so the player returned to South London in February 2019 to have his contract cancelled, per Transfermarkt. which would have cost the club more money. After leaving the side, he went to Chinese club Gyeongnam FC and now see’s himself in the Norwegian first tier at Aalesund, but has yet to make an appearance.
With the footballer still only 28, it is crazy to see the dramatic fall from grace the player has gone from scoring seven goals and providing six assists in the Premier League in 2013/14 with Cardiff, via Transfermarkt. to now not being able to get a game in the Norwegian league.
With all this taken into account, it really shows how much of a bad deal Crystal Palace got when they signed Mutch for over £5 million and hopefully it will not be a mistake they make in the upcoming transfer window.
Palace fans, what do you think went wrong with Mutch? Was it confidence or did he just not have the quality? Let us know down below
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