Crystal Palace enjoyed a hugely exciting and productive transfer window over the summer, but things weren’t always as captivating on that front for the south London club.
During the 2014/15 season, Jordon Mutch joined the likes of Zeki Fryers, Martin Kelly and Fraizer Campbell in coming to Selhurst Park doors following a £5.71m switch from fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.
It appeared to be a sensible transfer at first glance. Although the 6 foot beast had failed to find the back of the net in a frustrating six-month stay at QPR, he had impressed at previous employers Cardiff City.
Mutch bagged seven goals and provided a further six assists in 35 top-flight appearances throughout 2013/14, catching the eye despite the Bluebirds’ eventual relegation.
The box-to-box dynamo penned a four-and-a-half-year contract with Palace after spending just 25 weeks at Loftus Road, much to the delight of then-Eagles manager manager Alan Pardew.
“Jordon’s a player that caught my eye against my Newcastle side and he’s a young player with potential,” Pardew said. “It hasn’t quite worked out for him at QPR, so we’ve given him the opportunity to come and play here.
“He’s got talent, he can score goals, and in our environment, hopefully, he’ll have more success than he did at QPR. You need to score goals from all areas of the pitch in the Premier League, and that’s an area where we can improve.”
However, things went horribly wrong for Mutch during his time in south London. The former England under-21 international made just 11 Premier League starts for the Eagles before being sent out on loan to Reading in January 2017.
Another loan stint at Vancouver Whitecaps followed in the subsequent campaign before he was allowed to join South Korean outfit Gyeongnam FC on a free transfer.
Stints in Norway and Australia have followed for Mutch, who left Palace after failing to register a single goal or assist in 40 appearances for the club, and the 29-year-old is currently plying his trade with Macarthur FC in the A-League.
The whole saga was a regrettable nightmare for both player and club, and it’s a deal that both parties will surely wish turned out rather differently.