Yaya Sanogo could be on his way to Selhurst Park this January after it was revealed Arsenal are willing to let the forward leave on loan, and it has emerged Crystal Palace are interested in a move for the forward.
The 21-year-old has been made available for loan by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger having made just three appearances for the Gunners this season, and Palace boss Neil Warnock is thought to be keen to snap him up until the end of the season.
It would be Palace's second loan signing of the season - the maximum permitted under Premier League rules - after Wilfried Zaha returned to the club from Manchester United in the summer.
The Eagles are in the market for a striker to bolster their attacking options, and with a target man thought to be at the top of their requirements, 6ft 4 Sanogo could provide competition for Fraizer Campbell and Dwight Gayle.
The pacey forward can play as a striker or on the wing, and has a total goalscoring return of 27 from 74 appearances, including 11 goals in 21 for former club Auxerre, before Arsenal snapped him up in July 2013.
He has been capped by France at youth level from U16 up to U21, with an excellent scoring record for the national side.
Meanwhile, Norweigan press has claimed that Palace will sign 19-year-old central midfielder Andreas Breimyr in the summer. The youngster's 21-year-old brother had previously spent time in England with Aldershot's academy, before moving to Bryne FK in August 2012.
Napoli target Yannick Bolasie is going nowhere, according to Palace boss Neil Warnock.
The in-form winger has been attracting interest from clubs, including the Italian side, but Wanock is adamant Yala is going nowhere.
“He won’t be going anywhere this season - 100 per cent - even if we get a ridiculous offer,” said Warnock to the South London Press.
“There won’t be anyone leaving that we don’t want to go.
“If Yannick keeps his consistency going there is no reason Palace don’t climb the league and are looking at other challenges. That’s when you need to keep your best players.”
The Eagles gaffer had previously claimed that the club would want at least £10m for the Congo international.
Meanwhile, Palaceteam-mate Scott Dann claimed Bolasie is getting better and better - after some dazzling skills against Tottenham.
"He is improving every week and his end product is getting better as well," Dann said.
"The way he is playing, he would be a loss to any team."
Bolasie, meanwhile, is happy to stay at the Eagles and continue to improve.
He said: "I am happy at Palace. It is all about progressing.
"I am improving every week at Palace. I want to make sure I have another good season and keep Palace up.
“I try to enjoy the game and the manager has given me a little bit of licence to enjoy myself”
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The FA Cup sprung its magic once again as Conference side Dover Athletic were drawn at home to Palace in the third round, but who are they? With split loyalties, supporting Dover and Palace it was a dream/nightmare tie for Lee Bowman, and here he introduces the Dover manager and his squad.
Chris Kinnear (Manager)
Chris Kinnear is a Dover Athletic legend who re-joined the club in January 2013. The club’s most successful manager is back in the Crabble hot seat and his return to the club is somewhat of a fairy-tale story for Dover in that it was he who, back in the late 80’s, won the Southern League on more than one occasion, finally gaining promotion to the Conference in 1993 after initially being denied promotion in 1990 due to ground regulations. It is now some 20 years on and it is Kinnear once again who has taken the club back to the Conference after a 12 year absence. He is the Tony Pulis of the Conference in that he has never been relegated at this level and has the experience and tactical knowhow of keeping clubs up at this level.
30. Andy Rafferty (Goalkeeper)
A recent addition to the Whites squad from League Two Hartlepool Utd, Rafferty has been a revelation in the Dover goal. A confident, commanding and assured presence who played a major contribution to an 8 game home run of consecutive clean sheets including a 1-0 FA Cup win over League Two Morecambe.
16. Tyrone Sterling (Defender)
A big, strong and athletic defender who Initially joined the Whites in early 2013 but left for Kent rivals Dartford a year later only to return to the club this summer after Dartford’s ‘relegation’. Ironically, the Darts were awarded a reprieve due to Salisbury’s financial issues.
3. Tom Wynter (Defender)
A product of the Gillingham youth system, Tom is one of Dover’s longest serving players and has been the clubs’ regular left back and a near ever present since his arrival in 2010. He recently made the headlines as a makeshift goalkeeper for the entire second half of the Whites’ 3-1 FA Trophy win at Lowestoft Town after Rafferty was sent off.
2. Craig Stone (Defender)
Club Captain who joined in 2013 from Kent rivals Ebbsfleet Utd whom he made over 170 appearances for. A former Gillingham and Maidstone Utd defender who can play in Midfield or Defence. Stone was sent off after just 3 minutes into the Whites’ Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Sutton Utd, a game Dover went on to win 3-0.
5. Sean Raggett (Defender)
A product of the clubs’ academy, Sean signed for the Whites professionally in 2013. A tall and dominant centre back who has cemented himself as a regular in the Dover side and who attracted reported interest from Premier League sides Everton and Liverpool during the summer. Another defender who has found himself as a makeshift keeper this season during the 2-1 League defeat away at fierce rivals Dartford.
6. Richard Orlu (Defender)
Tall, powerful defender who joined the Whites in 2013 and has become a real fans’ favourite at Crabble. Affectionately known as Richard ‘Janitor’ Orlu given his occupation as a caretaker. Orlu joined the Whites in 2013 and has been a regular feature in defence ever since.
15. Sean Francis (Defender)
A summer acquisition from Bishop’s Stortford, the big commanding centre back made the step up to Conference level after making over 100 appearances in both the North & South divisions. Scored the winning goal in the Whites’ recent impressive victory away at Gateshead.
29. Connor Essam (Defender)
Joined the Whites in September on a free transfer after being released by League One Crawley Town. A Defender with Football League experience having also played for Gillingham. Essam has been an excellent addition to the Dover side chipping in with a few goals too including the winner away at Cheltenham Town in the last round of the FA Cup.
17. Nick Deverdics (Midfielder)
Newcastle born Deverdics joined the club on a free transfer in July this year. A creative, goal scoring Midfielder who has 5 goals to his name this season including 1-0 match winners over Braintree and Eastbourne. A former Newcastle Utd, Blyth Spartans and Barnet man, Deverdics was also part of the successful Gretna side that rose from the Scottish Third Division right through to the SPL. He has also played in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
12. Matt Lock (Midfielder)
Another summer addition, Lock joined the club from Chelmsford City. A former Exeter City midfielder who went on to be part of University club Team Bath’s successful rise up the Non-League pyramid back in 2008.
11. Barry Cogan (Midfielder)
One of the Whites’ longest serving players. Cogan is an Attacking Midfielder who has a wealth of Football League experience to his name having played for Barnet, Gillingham and Crawley and most notably Millwall. He made a substitute appearance in the 2003 FA Cup Final for Millwall during their 3-0 defeat to Manchester Utd. He also scored the 85th minute match winning penalty at Hayes & Yeading on final day last season to secure Dover’s place in the Play-Off’s.
4. Chris Kinnear Jr (Midfielder)
The Managers’ son who joined the club in 2013. Kinnear is a former England Universities Captain who has played at Non-League level with Margate, Ebbsfleet and Corinthian. He was also Dover’s representation up at the FA Cup 3rd Round Draw in Hull recently which saw Dover drawn at home to The Eagles to his delight!
20. Christian Nanetti (Midfielder)
Italian born Nanetti joined the club in the summer from Havant & Waterlooville. Despite being 2ft tall, Nanetti has a lot of quick skills for a small player and can beat a defender and deliver a quality ball into the danger zone. He famously featured on Soccer AM’s skill skool feature during his QPR days taking on a, then unknown, Raheem Sterling and coming out on top!
10. Tom Murphy (Midfielder)
Tom followed manager Chris Kinnear to Crabble from Kent rivals Margate, joining in 2013. Attacking Midfielder/Winger Murphy has impressed this season and sent the Dover fans into sheer jubilation with a 90 minute equaliser away at Bristol Rovers back in October.
7. Ricky Modeste (Winger)
“He’s Ricky Modeste, Better Than All The Rest” sing the Dover fans. A pacey & skilful left winger with distinguishable dreadlocks who likes to run at defenders. Signed from Chelmsford City in 2012 Modeste is a fans favourite but injury has limited his appearances in a Whites shirt this season.
14. Stefan Payne (Striker)
Former Fulham & Gillingham striker who joined the club in the summer from AFC Hornchurch where he bagged over 30 goals in one season at Ryman League level. Dover’s main danger man and leading goalscorer, Stefan has 9 goals for the Whites this season.
9. Nathan Elder (Striker)
“Who put the ball in the Ebbsfleet net? Super Nathan Elder” sing the Dover fans. Ironically, it was the former Ebbsfleet man who scored the winning goal in the Whites’ 1-0 win over their fierce Kent rivals in the Play-Off Final that saw Dover promoted back to the Conference after a 12 year absence. A big, strong powerhouse up front, Elder is no stranger to Football League level and boasts Brighton, Brentford, Shrewsbury Town, AFC Wimbledon and Hereford Utd amongst his former clubs.
31. James Poole (Attacking Midfielder/Striker)
A recent signing on loan from League Two Bury, James is a product of the Manchester City academy who has also played for Hartlepool Utd and Macclesfield Town. Scored his first goal for the club in the recent 3-1 FA Trophy win at Lowestoft Town.
21. Greg Rutherford (Forward)
Not to be confused with Team GB’s red haired Olympic gold medallist! Greg is another who has found his way down to Dover from Hartlepool along with Andy Rafferty and James Poole. Signed in October this year, he has yet to make many appearances or register any goals to his name as yet.
With the news that Marouane Chamakh is set for a spell on the sidelines, George Martin pens an emotional tribute to the Morrocan striker who has become an integral part of Palace's team over the past season and a half.
Marouane Chamakh has faced more than his fair share of criticism since arriving on these shores in May 2010.
The Moroccan forward has found his time in England maligned by the intense negative commentary that has been inflicted on so many in the past. From Diego Forlan to Fernando Torres, it would seem that the English media and fans alike enjoy a target they can deem a continuous headline generating failure. It’s not unfair to say that these familiar sharks are beginning to circle Radamel Falcao.
In Chamakh’s spells at Arsenal and West Ham he became the subject of criticism on social media, which stretched from the fans to the Match of the Day sofa, and even Gary Lineker
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Alas, he will find none of that here. Crystal Palace can be immensely proud of the way players are given chances to prove themselves, and it would seem that this is a tradition that runs through the academy, to the more experienced members of the squad.
Arséne Wenger is one of the world’s leading managers; his expertise and knowledge of the game are widely respected, in particular when it comes to French football. Chamakh is of course, for all intense and purposes, a Frenchman, born and raised in the town of Tonneins. The 30 year-old represents Morocco by virtue of a qualification through his parents.
That a manager of Wenger’s pedigree saw fit to sign the Frenchman tells you all you need to know about his quality. While it’s true that the move to Arsenal and subsequent loan to West Ham did not work out, Chamakh has found an unlikely home in south London.
The striker has been a revelation since making his debut in a Palace shirt. Under each of the three managers who have seen fit to play him, Chamakh has impressed. You do not become the first player to score in six successive Champions League games without possessing significant quality, and that quality has been on display since the moment he arrived at Selhurst Park, albeit not the goal scoring form.
That Chamakh will be so badly missed during this prolonged absence through injury even though he has not regularly found the back of the net is a testament to his all-round game.
Effectively playing as an advanced attacking midfielder throughout his time at Palace, Chamakh has utilised every bit of his Champions League experience to link midfield to attack. His superior quality is instantly visible in his control and vision; this is a player that has played the game at the highest club level, and Palace fans appreciate and respect that.
While genuine quality is vitally important, you only need to take a look at Mario Balotelli to be shown that it is nothing without a solid work rate. Chamakh regularly covers every blade of grass on a weekly basis, and is often singled out for praise by the manager and his team mates. They proclaim that the shift Marouane puts in is second to none, which is backed up by the stats showing that the self-elected Moroccan covers more miles than anyone else.
With Chamakh sidelined by injury for an as yet unknown number of weeks at such a crucial stage of the season, it is clear that his quality and all-round influence will be a significant loss. The jam-packed festive season is the worst time to lose a player of such class, and there is no doubt in my mind that our bid to stay in this division under Warnock will be dented by this spell on the sidelines.
Marouane will be greatly missed for these games, but appreciated further in his absence. A player who has rebuilt his reputation, his ability has never been in doubt at Crystal Palace.
Three points at the Premier League champions this Saturday is top of Jack Pierce's Christmas list this year. He takes a look at Manchester City as Palace look to build on a solid performance in this fixture last season.
Those lovely people at BT Sport have put us on at 12.45 in the North West on the last Saturday before Christmas.
Happy Christmas one and all; what a festive gesture by those lovely buggers!
Whatever the logistics, it is happening and a shock away win at the champions would be lovely, wouldn't it?
That might be easier dreamed than done. City, having stumbled in and out of form during the earlier part of the season, now seem to have found a system that suits them for the time being and have won their last five league games as well as managing to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase when it looked mightily unlikely that they would with two games left. Impressive wins against Bayern Munich and Roma have earned Manuel Pellegrini's side a two legged tie against Barcelona. On paper, a nightmare; in reality, City have a chance if their most important players are all available.
Anyway, that's all for another day. City have a title race to compete in for now.
At one stage, Chelsea were deemed to have the title sewn up with City lagging nearly 10 points behind. The gap is now only three points and with the majority of last season’s title winners still at City, they’ll feel confident that they can retain their title and knock Jose Mourinho off his self built perch. With a trip to The Hawthorns and home games against Burnley and Sunderland after Palace’s visit to The Etihad forming their festive schedule, all associated with City will hope (and expect) to pick up a further 12 points in the next four games and put real pressure on Chelsea.
Prior to injuring his knee earlier this month, Sergio Aguero’s form was up there with the best runs of form that the Premier League had seen in a long time. His movement, his link play and his natural finishing instinct really make him one of the best strikers in world football. His injury was greeted with great worry by Pellegrini but in all likelihood, the Argentinean should be back within six weeks and certainly before the Barcelona tie. Not only have they been without their best striker, but also the magician-like David Silva and their rather injury prone leader, Vincent Kompany. Silva could be back for this weekend’s fixture but Kompany, fresh from another setback against Leicester last weekend, will be out until the new year.
If injuries weren’t bad enough, City have also had to suffer the rather ordinary form of Yaya Toure; a man so praised last season. At times, City have looked as though they’ve been playing with one less man such has been the lack of interest shown by Toure. Having suffered personal grief following the death of his brother as well as a disappointing and confidence-sapping World Cup for the Ivory Coast, it might have been best for all involved if Toure was given a longer break in the summer and taken out of the limelight. That said, fans would have been asking where their best paid player (£200k+ a week) was if he was allowed to take a break. In recent weeks, his performances have seemed to be improving but come January, he will once again be on international duty for the African Cup of Nations and could be gone for as long as a month.
Toure has, so far this season at least, been outshone by a 36 year old. If he maintains the form and goalscoring knack that's followed him throughout his career, Frank Lampard's loan move will prove to have been an inspired move. Although completely legal and ratified by the Premier League, there is something about his 'loan' move that seems a bit dodgy. The fact that City own the club he is loan from is enough to sew seeds of doubt but it's the lack of clarity as to when this loan will finish that is especially peculiar.
New York City signed the Chelsea legend as their marquee signing for their first season in the MLS which commences in March. It's likely that Lampard was signed to draw fans to games and buy season tickets but in all likelihood, Lampard will see the rest of this season out in England at least given how important he is proving to City.
We visited The Etihad during the Christmas period last season and were mightily impressive in a narrow defeat. Another ‘gracious’ defeat this time around probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world as it’s not these sort of fixtures that will make or break our season. However, having only collected 2 points from a possible 12 in home games against Burnley, Sunderland, Villa and Stoke – Palace may well need to rely on picking up surprise points away from SE25.
I hope you’ve all asked for three points at the champions’ for Christmas this year…