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View nakedgolfguy99's Profile nakedgolfguy99 Flag Casteau BEL 11 Jul 21 1.20pm Send a Private Message to nakedgolfguy99 Add nakedgolfguy99 as a friend

Forgive my ignorance, but does anyone know the status of Ward, Townsend, and Cahill? I read one article that says they are discussing contracts with the club, and yet I have heard nothing of the sort. I think they all still have something to give the team and we would benefit from their presence with the squad.

 

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View Bexley Eagle's Profile Bexley Eagle Flag Bexley Kent 11 Jul 21 1.27pm Send a Private Message to Bexley Eagle Add Bexley Eagle as a friend

Given we go not have a contracted senior right back in our squad I would be amazed if Ward doesnít sign a new contract. As for the other 2 yes I would offer them contracts. You may get half a season out of Cahill and with Ezeís injury Townsend would get plenty of game time

 

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View Kant's Profile Kant Flag exeter 11 Jul 21 1.45pm Send a Private Message to Kant Add Kant as a friend

If Townsendís comments on TalkSPORT last week are anything to go by (the club have my number, but havenít been in touch) Iíd guess he isnít part of our plans.

 

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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag Any european country i fancy! 11 Jul 21 1.51pm Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by Kant

If Townsendís comments on TalkSPORT last week are anything to go by (the club have my number, but havenít been in touch) Iíd guess he isnít part of our plans.

Shame, I would like him to stay, for that goal of the season at city if nothing else,(although the motd pundits bottled it). What about PVA, has he gone?

 

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View kennybrowns leftfoot's Profile kennybrowns leftfoot Flag Reigate 11 Jul 21 1.56pm Send a Private Message to kennybrowns leftfoot Add kennybrowns leftfoot as a friend

Originally posted by Bexley Eagle

Given we go not have a contracted senior right back in our squad I would be amazed if Ward doesnít sign a new contract. As for the other 2 yes I would offer them contracts. You may get half a season out of Cahill and with Ezeís injury Townsend would get plenty of game time

I'm amazed we are giving him a new contract.. He hasn't been Premier league standard for at least a couple of seasons now

 


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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 11 Jul 21 2.13pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend


Iíd definitely keep Cahill for his experience and influence but according to this report heís already gone

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Andros over 90 minutes isnít the player he was but is probably as good an option, depending on signings, as weíre going to get within our budget.

Ward unfortunately doesnít have the pace so weíve probably got to say goodbye, albeit reluctantly because heís been a good servant to the club.

 

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View Mr Palaceman's Profile Mr Palaceman Flag 11 Jul 21 2.18pm Send a Private Message to Mr Palaceman Add Mr Palaceman as a friend

Originally posted by kennybrowns leftfoot

I'm amazed we are giving him a new contract.. He hasn't been Premier league standard for at least a couple of seasons now

While he's not the best and we need to improve, he does step up when needed and he has been a tremendous servant to this club.

I would give him another contract. Same with Townsend. Obviously wants to stay and can do a job for us still.

May be over for Cahill...

I thought PVA had already gone..

 


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View Putitout's Profile Putitout Flag Oxford 11 Jul 21 2.19pm Send a Private Message to Putitout Add Putitout as a friend

Originally posted by Bexley Eagle

Given we go not have a contracted senior right back in our squad I would be amazed if Ward doesnít sign a new contract. As for the other 2 yes I would offer them contracts. You may get half a season out of Cahill and with Ezeís injury Townsend would get plenty of game time

I can understand any debate about Ward, but I would be even more amazed if we donít sign at least two right fullbacks , Ward could reduce that to one, but we definitely need an upgrade in that position. On the other side ,if VA, goes we need someone to push Mitchell along. Could be we are going to let someone else through from development, that seems a bit of a risk to me.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 11 Jul 21 2.27pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Putitout

I can understand any debate about Ward, but I would be even more amazed if we donít sign at least two right fullbacks , Ward could reduce that to one, but we definitely need an upgrade in that position. On the other side ,if VA, goes we need someone to push Mitchell along. Could be we are going to let someone else through from development, that seems a bit of a risk to me.

I am in total agreement apropos the right-back position and I believe I have made my views clear on this matter on HOL a few times.

 

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I think all 3 have merits to be given a 1 year contract as experienced squad players for us as we bleed in some youth into the balance.

Cahill is a premier league, champions league, fa Cup (to name but a few) winner with 60+ England caps, and when fit, has been tremendous for us particularly his first season. He's also a leader and I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots, so I'd like to think Palace could initiate that transition if after 1 final playing season with us

Townsend has frustrated me many times last season but the one thing I give him credit for is that when he comes on, he does give a shift defensively and pressing, and his willingness to cross the ball (unlike Ayew and Zaha who would rather over dribble instead)... Most notably for the Benteke smash and grab volley winner against Brighton earlier this year. Again not my cup of tea for starting XI even last season, but I don't doubt his short term usefulness to the squad

Ward is similar to Townsend in some respects with the frustration, however when we signed Ferguson last year, I had hoped that would relegate Ward to backup. Injuries happened, Clyne came back for the interim (who also got injured/ill a few occasions) and we are where we are now. Ferguson is still not back and there are doubts by some if he will ever play for us again. But in the meantime we really don't have any right back options. Ward has been with the club for so long and a very loyal servant. At 9 years service, giving him a final 10th and ability of a testimonial (he was part of the promotion team of 2013 too), would be a classier way to let him depart as he deserves better than exiting through the back door as his contract ran out. If he wasn't staying for 21/22 season, then it should have been handled better and could have got some recognition the same time as Hodgson. In any case if he doesn't extend then does that mean Clyne will be off the back of waiting to see if Ferguson comes back? IMHO that's still risky and would prefer offering Ward the year at least (he'd probably even take a paycut to stay too), just to give ferguson both time to overcome his fitness issues and get used to Prem footie hopefully for the start of the 2nd half of the season. In other words, if we're not keeping Ward then it means we're either signing someone new (is it long term or cover?) or bringing someone from the academy. I'm not opposed to the latter but like I said in the beginning we still need experienced players around our youth to further aid their development.

It's not like we're signing Mbappe, Haaland, Sancho etc. All considered "youth" but they actually have the experience behind them whereas Eze, Olise and anyone from our academy do not

Edited by Mojo87 (11 Jul 2021 3.06pm)

 

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View TheBigToePunt's Profile TheBigToePunt Flag 11 Jul 21 3.12pm Send a Private Message to TheBigToePunt Add TheBigToePunt as a friend

They are the obvious three to give contracts to in my opinion. None are hideously expensive, all can do a decent job (even if only for a very short while longer in Cahill's case) and whilst I'd like to think none would be first choice in their position once the summer trading is finished, we need a squad rather than just a team.

 

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Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 11 Jul 21 3.28pm

Originally posted by TheBigToePunt

They are the obvious three to give contracts to in my opinion. None are hideously expensive, all can do a decent job (even if only for a very short while longer in Cahill's case) and whilst I'd like to think none would be first choice in their position once the summer trading is finished, we need a squad rather than just a team.

Pretty much this mate.

Plus when Ward goes, it would be nice to give him a bit of a send off. Heís been a good servant.

Edited by Tom-the-eagle (11 Jul 2021 3.28pm)

 


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