When Crystal Palace signed Polish centre-back Jaroslaw Jach in 2018, he described his move to Crystal Palace as a dream come true.
Sadly for the defender, that dream soon turned into a nightmare as he made just one appearance for the Eagles before enduring multiple loan moves away from the club ahead of his release earlier in the summer.
Palace paid £2m to sign Jach from Zaglebie Lubin in 2018 amid a defensive crisis in Roy Hodgson’s side which saw the likes of Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp all out with long-term injuries.
The defender was perhaps only ever expected to provide cover at Selhurst Park but he was clearly delighted at the prospect of playing in the Premier League, a dream he was sadly never able to realise.
He said: “This is a dream come true because the Premier League is a league I have followed since I was little and I always wanted to come and play here.
“I hope that I will be able to help Crystal Palace stay in the Premier League and perhaps achieve bigger success.”
However, he wasn’t seen in a Crystal Palace shirt until 2020, as he spent time on loan with Çaykur Rizespor, FC Sheriff and Rakow in Turkey, Moldova and his native Poland but was never really a regular in any of his spells away from Selhurst Park, making just 29 appearances combined in his first two loans before a more successful time with Rakow.
After returning to England, Jach finally made his debut for Palace in 2020, playing 90 minutes in a penalty shootout defeat after a 0-0 stalemate against Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.
Unfortunately, a clean sheet and converted penalty would not be enough to convince Palace that he was worth any future appearances, as that would be his only ever outing for the Eagles.
Further unsuccessful loan spells with Fortuna Sittard and Rakow (again) would follow for the defender before he was ultimately released by the club ahead of the current season.
Palace would spend £2m on his transfer fee and roughly £2m in wages on Jach, so his time at the club was undoubtedly a nightmare and a waste of money when you consider his lack of first-team appearances.
Fortuantely for the 28-year-old, he is now enjoying regular football back where it all started for him at Zaglebie Lubin.