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FAN VIEW: Crystal Palace must bring back Glenn Murray

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COLUMNIST Zoe Messenbird thinks Crystal Palace need some extra firepower - and who better than a man already on the club's books to provide it...

When Glenn Murray went on loan to Reading back in August, I was less than shocked that we had let him go. It was obvious that after returning from his injury he was struggling to fit back into the squad, a loan move to Reading seemed the perfect choice for our much loved striker.

When it was announced that he would leave, there were mixed views among Palace fans. Some felt he was not given a chance to prove himself since coming back into the squad, but I personally felt it was the right move for him and our chances of survival. 

But my feelings on Murray's departure rapidly changed as deadline day came to an end back in August, as I realised we had actually managed to the window with a worse set of strikers and had weakened our team. The point to make here is that losing Murray could be accepted if we had replaced him with better.

I don't mean to sound disrespectful to any of our players, but I cannot understand why you would let Murray go, if you are simply going to replace him with the likes of Kevin Doyle, Frazer Campbell and Andy Johnson. Losing Murray is simply not worth it if we are not blown away by his replacements.

As Doyle's loan deal is also up in January, the same time Murray's is up at Reading - despite it looking like Reading wanting to make his move a permanent one - I really think we need to bring him back to Palace. 

Having made five appearances for the Royals, and scoring three goals, I think it is fair to say that Murray is fully fit and could easily make a return to our team. 

I fully understand others reservation's that he is not cut out for the Premier League, but I cannot see the sense in a permanent move to Reading when we are crying out for a proven goal striker to provide some magic in the box. 

FAN VIEW: Crystal Palace must bring back Glenn Murray


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