Cash-strapped Crystal Palace are ready to shock the world of football by bringing in legendary Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids in order to boost their chances in the Championship this season.
Palace fans have had a turbulent time following their team recently, seeing their club go into administration in January, with Palace’s very existence in doubt over the summer. The news that they are on the brink of signing one of the best footballers of his generation will be a huge plus for the club.
Davids, however, is just that: one of the greats of his generation. Pelé was one of the best players of his generation, but you don’t see him signing for any Championship clubs. Palace, however, are looking at a pay-as-you-play deal, so any agreement that is reached would not put a large financial burden on the club.
Davids hasn’t played professionally since ending his second stint at Ajax two years ago. Since then he has moved into the world of television punditry, offering his opinions for ITV on the World Cup in South Africa over the summer (and let’s face it, the more you can dilute Andy Townshend’s influence at the station, the better). However, the Suriname-born midfielder is still confident that, once he manages to regain his fitness, he can still perform at a high level.
Davids is looking to Palace as the 37-year old is thought to be keen on settling in London with his family, a city he is familiar with following an 18-month spell at Tottenham between 2005 and 2007. They are reportedly the only club offering an acceptable financial package who are willing to take a gamble on the player’s fitness. He trained with Leicester for a period last season, though negotiations over brining him to the club broke down in October.
Palace have had a lot of academy players come through recently, and Davids could provide some much-needed experience in the dressing room at Selhurst Park. Whether or not he can prove to be a successful signing depends largely on Davids regaining his fitness. Is this a wise move from Palace? Or are they signing a big name for publicity’s sake?
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