Ian Holloway’s substantial summer shopping spree saw the Crystal Palace boss swing by the Madejski on deadline-day to snap up Adrian Mariappa. The centre-half arrives from Reading for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.5m and is one of 16 new faces to roll up to Selhurst Park since the end of last season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the 26-year-old admitted he was relieved to be back in the top-flight after dropping into the Championship with the relegated Royals last time around:

“I’m delighted to be joining Palace and playing in the Premier League again. It’s something everyone dreams of doing. Playing there last season was a great challenge as it is the biggest league in the world and you’re playing against the best players, so when this opportunity came to me I jumped at it. Selhurst Park is always a great place to play, the atmosphere has always been amazing and I’ve had some great games against this club. I want to prove I can play at this level an I’m sure that will be the same for everyone in the squad as we aim to stay in the Premier League.”

The History

A product of the Watford youth system, Mariappa made his debut for the Hornets towards the end of the 2005/06 campaign. The defender took some time to establish himself in the first-team, though, making 44 appearances (with 14 off the bench) across the following couple of seasons before finally nailing down a regular role in 2008/09.

Over the next four league campaigns, Mariappa turned out 169 times for the Vicarage Road club, producing four goals and three assists, before Reading snapped him up in the summer of 2012. He then featured on 29 occasions for the Royals last time out but fell out of favour under Nigel Adkins and has yet to see any league action this term. On the international stage, Mariappa has represented Jamaica 12 times since making his debut last year.

The Prospects

At present, it’s uncertain just where Mariappa stands in the Palace pecking order. Holloway has started Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney at centre-half in all three league fixtures thus far but the new boy’s mobility at the back could well see him get the edge over the less agile Gabbidon, with Mariappa’s speed ensuring the Eagles are perhaps a little less susceptible to balls played over the top.

Given that Holloway’s side have yet to earn a clean sheet, their defensive appeal is mainly down to price. Coming in at a mere 4.0 in Fantasy Premier league (FPL), Mariappa could be on the radar of those Fantasy managers on the lookout for a bargain but with three of their current back-four – Gabbidon, Joel Ward and Dean Moxey – all similarly priced, his acquisition looks a little too risky until Holloway’s plans are a little more concrete.

With Hull’s 4.0 priced centre-half James Chester looking nailed-on, twinning the Tigers centre-half with a Palace defender would give you a run of home fixtures that includes (CAR, SWA, WHM, AVL, FUL, SUN, EVE, CPL) in eight of the next nine Gameweeks. An enticing schedule, no doubt, but given that Gabbidon grabbed a goal in the Gameweek 3 win over Sunderland, Mariappa may have to wait his turn just yet. Nevertheless, the new boy’s arrival will cause a little concern to the Welshman’s 30,000+ new owners and, with Moxey’s game time soon to be under threat as Jonathan Parr gradually regains his fitness at left-back, it may well leave right-back Ward as the most secure option for those bold enough to take a punt on Holloway’s backline.

Ward’s game time looks more nailed-on than ever following the news that summer signing Jack Hunt has already been ruled out due to a broken ankle less than a fortnight after joining the club.

Further Reference

Adrian Mariappa Wikipedia

Adrian Mariappa Transfer Markt Page

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  1. What do people think of my possible team:

    Gk: Mignolet
    Def: Chambers - Collins - Nastasic - Dawson - Baines
    Mid: Whittingham - Michu - Delph - Redmond - Walcott
    For: Van Persie - Welbeck - Giroud

    Next gameweek transfer will be to get rid of welbeck (depending on how he plays). Any comments would be useful!!!!!!

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. MTC

      delph - can't help but think he could be changed for someone more usefull...JWP, Livermore...i'd even rather have colback over delph if im honest.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. yeah could put in jwp just cant help but feel he is going to be replaced soon and already have chambers who is in the same boat. Any thoughts of the rest of the team though as delph has a rather minor part to play

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
  2. RMWCT

    Vidic / Walker / Koscielny
    Brady / Michu / Coutinho / Walcott
    Benteke (c) / Soldado (vc) / Giroud

    Lewis / Ward-Prowse / Chester / Collins

    0.9m in the bank.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. 8 out of 10 cats

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  3. Two formations to play this weekend....

    Coleman - Chester - Shaw - Nasty
    HBA - Wally - Paulinho/Silva
    Giroud (vc) - Benteke (c) - Sturridge

    Shaw - Nasty - Chester/Coleman
    HBA - Wally - Paulinho - Silva
    Giroud (vc) - Benteke (c) - Sturridge

    Which one, and if possible, which player would you choose in either? Thanks.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  4. NANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Missing her?

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. She always brings round mini Sausage rolls and some sad cake for me every weekend. 😉

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. Invite me! 😉

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
  5. Curious as to why so many people are picking Nastasic, or even Zabaleta.

    City's next fixtures: sto, MU, av, EVE, WHU, che

    Wouldn't say that gives the best prospects for clean sheets, especially as they're defence isn't half as good when Kompany is missing

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. well am holding onto Zab as id loose 0.2m on him....he's a season keeper for me...even with tough fixtures...

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. My thinking also

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. MTC

      Zaba can provide an assist or 2...only reason i've still got him + EVE are misfiring up front and WH is an easy game. So only really 2(possibly 3) of the next 6 i wont be using him.

      And depending if RVP misfires tomorrow i could well start zaba in the manchester derby

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  6. Anyone not wildcarding this coming gameweek?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. No.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Me. Keeping strong!!

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. those who already have

      and those who are holding for later

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    4. no chance

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    5. No im saving the January WC

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    6. Yes. I'm not.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    7. Yes, I'm not.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  7. Any love for this team?

    Walker Zab Vidic Shaw
    Nani Ben Arfa Walcott
    Sturridge RVP Benteke

    Given, Whittaker, Ward-Prowse Kasami

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Strong, but not keen that you have 2 punts you have in midfield: Nani & HBA.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. HBA is a proud member of the NewTemplateToBeRegrettedLater

        Nani is a punt

        there is a difference (including the fact that HBA is a started until injured whereas Nani has been previously disappointing, lacked starting minutes, and now has the security of a new contract to deter any further motivation)

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Mirallas for Nani and it looks better.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. MTC

        is that too try and prevent the inevitable mirallas drop haha?

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. Wouldnt touch Walker after his displays for England. Shocking. Form over fixtures

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. how he played for England has nothing to do with him getting FPL points

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
  8. Best 4.0 defender who isn't Chester?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  9. Nolan or Ben arfa? is Zab essntial? if it comes down to agger/enrique vs zab...who would u keep?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  10. New Article Posted
    1. Thanx Mark.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  11. REPOST


    Vidic / Walker / Koscielny
    Brady / Michu / Coutinho / Walcott
    Benteke (c) / Soldado (vc) / Giroud

    Lewis / Ward-Prowse / Chester / Collins

    0.9m in the bank.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  12. I reckon Lamela is going to be a superstar.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. MTC

      Can you post that 3000times again, the Lamela wagon will start saturday night. 100%

      Jump aboard quickly.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  13. Now in no way should this question be misconstrued as spiteful or anger on my part but honestly

    Do members tend to reply to members more rather than non members? and if so whats the reason?

    ps I understand the irony if i get no replies will be pretty funny

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. I'm not a member and don't have that problem, however I think thats because people feel sorry for me!

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. I started "gravless" and got few responses.
      Grav got help that way.
      Then just being on more often and getting known more.

      Honesty dont think member status matters.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  14. Anyone giving Eriksen a go?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Want to! But got a feeling he won't start just yet

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. MTC

      Eriksen is the poor mans Lamela.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. He's not my type. 😉

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  15. don't know whether to risk if sturridge or silva will play or just play my card

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Hardly a risk. If you have spares on the bench, keep your card.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. yeah but only turner on my bench will play have cabral and brayford

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
  16. shall i change silva to theo? on a WC, already have giroud. injured is silva? (lazy post i know)

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  17. Some of you are saying things like "people are going to regret these cheap midfields"

    Others are saying, "the bonus points don't benefit assist compilers."

    And I agree in theory, but that would lead to the obvious question; what midfielders are going to score goals and thus aquire bonus points regardless of the cost?

    - Mirallas - proved he can't get it done
    - Wally - is he healthy?
    - Silva - is he healthy?
    - Michu - could his fixtures be any worse?
    - Santi - will he be on the wing now?
    - Hernandez - could his fixtures be any worse?
    - Oscar - is he healthy? is he nailed?
    - Hazard - is he healthy? is he nailed?
    - Mata - is he healthy? is he nailed?
    - Ben Arfa - are we really selecting Newcastle players?

    Doesn't this basically leave us with taking wild flails at Lamela, Ozil and Erikson along with the dependable SuperFrank and going with value at the fifth spot with Brady, JWP, or Barkley?

    I can make this team...

    G: Migs (Daniels)
    D: Zab, Sakho, Chiriches, (Collins) (Baker)
    M: Silva, Lampard, Eriksen, Ozil, (Barkley)
    F: Welbeck, Giroud, Benteke
    (.3 remaining)

    -Welbeck to Lukaku next week, and then I'll have .5 to upgrade the defense even more.

    I guess my point is that its going to be tough to carry the premium "dependable" mids if they're not looking dependable.


    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  18. Wc team
    Mingolet .daniels
    Zaba coleman chester dawson collins
    Yaya hba lamps brady redmond
    Rvp benteke giroud

    Thoughts please.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago

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