In what was only Crystal Palace’s second transfer window since earning promotion back to the Premier League, Tony Pulis made a number of shrewd acquisitions.
The Welshman signed five players in January 2014, bringing Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey, Tom Ince and Scott Dann to Selhurst Park, while Jason Puncheon’s loan move was made permanent.
Over six years on, just two of those players remain at Crystal Palace in Hennessey and Dann, but it is the latter who is still thriving at the age of 33.
The £2.6m capture from Blackburn quickly became a favourite in south London, earning the club’s Player of the Year award following his first full season as a Crystal Palace player – notably, he also helped the Eagles keep five clean sheets in the ten games following his arrival.
His impact was so great that Alan Pardew even made him captain in the summer of 2016.
If you were to divide his bargain transfer fee by his total amount of appearances for the club – he has played 159 games – then you’d discover that Dann has only cost the Eagles £16.35k per outing, making him remarkable value for money.
As per the title of this article, the Liverpool-born defender is still shining for Crystal Palace to this day.
He has found game time difficult to come by with quality centre-backs in Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Gary Cahill competing with him, although due to injuries elsewhere, Dann has started the last three games and to great effect.
The ex-England U21 international helped the Eagles keep three clean sheets in a row as Hodgson oversaw three successive 1-0 victories over Newcastle, Brighton and Watford, in which Dann and Cahill were a force to be reckoned with.
Over six years on from Pulis’ bargain capture of the former Walsall man, he is still providing the goods for Crystal Palace – he truly has been a brilliant servant to the club and also a remarkable piece of business.
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