Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Pardew Singles Out Ex-Arsenal Biochemical Crusader To Bolster Crystal Palace’s Midfield- A Good Move?

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

Transfer news has made a return to the back pages as Crystal Palace attempt to even out after their triple failure on deadline day. If we lend an ear or an eye to the Guardian, we will get to know that Mathieu Flamini is seemingly close to sealing a move to Crystal Palace as Alan Pardew aims to balance the team on the back of a splurge on attacking talent over the summer. But the transfer market has shut on the 31st. So how come the privileged Pardew is still able to sign players?

Well, we got into the murky depths of the matter and applied high-level rocket science as we came to the conclusion that this canny piece of business is very much on the cards due to Arsenal’s ‘biochemical’ mastermind being released by the club along with Pep Guardiola’s new mate Mikel Arteta in June. This rendered him a free agent and hence the French International is far removed from the helter-skelter of the transfer window and can take his own sweet time to have a tete-a-tete with various clubs as he looks to prolong his career for the love of football and also to provide the expenses of his research as he aims to alter the Environmental discourse of the Universe. Our very own Mr. Biochemical Angel.

Shifting onto matters on the field at Selhurst Park, Pardiola has spent the summer running around with cash and having his pick in the glossed up shopping market as he went binge shopping on the likes of Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke and got Loic Remy to join the bandwagon. But in all the hullabaloo of the new look enhanced strike-force of the Eagle, a gaping hole in the shape of the ex-captain Mike Jedinak was still to be accounted for.


While Palace did spring into action to shore up the central defensive midfield, it was unfortunately deemed to be too late to navigate around the snags that reared their ugly heads during the negotiations. Possible deals for James McCarthy, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rincon all failed to materialise leaving Pardew needing to dabble amidst the free agents to look for a solution. The Eagles have so far been unable to strike a balance in their team composition and have failed to click as a unit. The international break has allowed them to regroup and with the new signings on board, they will look to finally start afresh.

Flamini has undoubted Premier League calibre and is more than capable of slotting in alongside the more adventurous Yohan Cabaye and their French connection will help them quickly form a fruitful partnership. His hard-tackling and committed attitude is something which will uplift the overall body language and morale of the team and it will be a welcome addition indeed.

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