At the end of a busy week we bring you the latest views of Steve Parish from his column in today's match programme against Newcastle United.
Firstly, I’d like to welcome the staff, players and supporters of Newcastle United to Selhurst Park today.
It’s been a frantic week to say the least. Another London derby has come and gone, and taking one point away from the trip to West Ham United was probably fair. It’s amazing to think that after our early season results, a win on Tuesday night would have put us into the top half, but it just shows how tight this league is. Whilst the point was pleasing, losing Bakary Sako to injury was a high price to pay as he was in such a rich vein of form, and his likely prolonged absence sharpened our focus on deadline day.
It was therefore even more important that we brought in our new number nine, Alexander Sorloth. Alexander has had a great season scoring 15 goals already, and he is a real prospect. We welcome him with open arms to south London as it’s no secret that top of Roy’s wish-list was another striker to help provide support for Christian.
We are also very excited that Vicente Guaita will join us in the summer from Getafe. It’s not very often that such a capable keeper is available on a free transfer, and we are pleased that we beat off the competition to his signature.
We also managed some exciting business early in the window by bringing in two talented young players in Polish centre-back Jaroslaw Jach, as well as Swedish midfielder Erdal Rakip on loan. We’ve impressed on all of our new signings just how ambitious we are as a club, but also that we expect players to put up a fight every time they are selected to pull on the shirt for the remaining 13 games, as we aim to pull away from danger and secure our Premier League status as soon as possible.
Away from on-pitch matters, I am incredibly excited that five very special individuals have become Patrons of the Palace for Life Foundation, giving up their time and sharing their expertise to help the club’s charity improve the lives of young south Londoners. I’d like to personally thank and welcome Eddie Izzard, Chuka Umunna MP, Andrew Johnson, Stephen Browett and Susanna Reid to the Foundation – it’s fantastic to have you involved.
Your continued support is hugely appreciated, as always, please get behind the lads today and make some noise!
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