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View sydtheeagle's Profile sydtheeagle Flag England 17 Jun 21 2.58pm Send a Private Message to sydtheeagle Add sydtheeagle as a friend

For me, two things have changed this summer versus the chapters of the "Wilf Wants to Leave" saga of previous years. This year, I don't care if he goes but, conversely, this year I think there's less chance of him going than there was the past few years, especially two summers ago.

I don't care because the song has got old (the endless media speculation and briefing), we're rebuilding our squad and in so doing, hopefully going to be using tactics that aren't so Wilf reliant. God knows, we need to. We're going to have move on from him one day, he's not getting any younger, he has two years left on his deal so if we're ever going to cash in, now is probably the time. Of course, we'll miss him; of course I don't really want to lose him, but being unemotional every story has its end and I've reached a point where I'm happy to get to the end of this one. Unless Wilf wants to commit the rest of his career to Palace, it's time to sort this out for once and for all. And build a squad capable of actually winning a game when our best player is injured.

But.

I simply can't see anyone paying what Parrish wants (I'm guessing 50-60 million) for a player who's approaching 30 (28, right?), who's a great show-pony but scores only 8-10 goals a year on average, and who stands out on an average team but would be unlikely to shine in anything like the same way on a top 6 team. Would a top-6 team want him? Probably yes. But not to play the leading role he plays at Palace. And I'm not sure any top-6 side right now would pay 50 million for essentially a squad player. So that leaves the likes of Everton, where he's about as likely to get Champions League football or win anything as he is at Palace. I think unless 30-40 million becomes acceptable to Parrish, he's unlikely to move.

 


Sydenham by birth. Selhurst by the Grace of God.

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View eagleman13's Profile eagleman13 Flag On The Road To Hell & Alicante 17 Jun 21 3.09pm Send a Private Message to eagleman13 Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add eagleman13 as a friend

Think you are bang on with that assessment Syd.

Just seen this pop up on my news feed . . .

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Well done Wilf.

 


Is now OFFICIALLY retired.

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View Henry of Peckham's Profile Henry of Peckham Flag Eton Mess 17 Jun 21 4.43pm Send a Private Message to Henry of Peckham Add Henry of Peckham as a friend

He needs to enjoy his football again and find his form. If it means a move then so be it.

He looked disinterested at the end of last season and his prolific whining was about as appetising as Royball.

Thanks for all your entertainment over the years Wilf. Good luck and farewell.

 


Denial is not just a river in Egypt

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View Gary St.Andrews's Profile Gary St.Andrews Flag Kenley 17 Jun 21 8.55pm Send a Private Message to Gary St.Andrews Add Gary St.Andrews as a friend

He needs to move on now, for his own good and the clubs. He will always be an integral part of what Palace have achieved over the last 10 years.

Good luck Wilf .

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 18 Jun 21 6.47am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by sydtheeagle

For me, two things have changed this summer versus the chapters of the "Wilf Wants to Leave" saga of previous years.

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I have no comment to make but it's nice to see you back again

 

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