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Scout Report – Adrian Mariappa

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. joshfrost77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 14 days ago

    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!!!!!!
    Thanks

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    1. MTC
        3 years, 14 days ago

        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.

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        1. joshfrost77
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 14 days ago

          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

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    2. CHY049
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 14 days ago

      RMWCT

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

      Lewis / Ward-Prowse / Chester / Collins

      0.9m in the bank.

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      1. Whiskerz
          3 years, 14 days ago

          8 out of 10 cats

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      2. @ocprodigy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 14 days ago

        Two formations to play this weekend....

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

        B)
        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.

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      3. Parm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 14 days ago

        NANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        1. 4vets
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 14 days ago

          Missing her?

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          1. Parm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 14 days ago

            She always brings round mini Sausage rolls and some sad cake for me every weekend. 😉

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            1. 4vets
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 years, 14 days ago

              Invite me! 😉

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      4. Wings Fan
          3 years, 14 days ago

          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

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          1. joker7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 14 days ago

            well am holding onto Zab as id loose 0.2m on him....he's a season keeper for me...even with tough fixtures...

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          2. SouthCoastSaint
              3 years, 14 days ago

              My thinking also

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            • MTC
                3 years, 14 days ago

                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

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            • CHANCING PUNT
                3 years, 14 days ago

                Anyone not wildcarding this coming gameweek?

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                1. Parm
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 years, 14 days ago

                  No.

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                2. Dukes of Hazard
                    3 years, 14 days ago

                    Me. Keeping strong!!

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                  • Heels_Over_Head
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 years, 14 days ago

                    those who already have

                    and those who are holding for later

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                  • Canadian Football
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 years, 14 days ago

                    ME

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                  • theloveburglar
                      3 years, 14 days ago

                      no chance

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                    • Optimus.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 14 days ago

                      No im saving the January WC

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                    • Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 14 days ago

                      Yes. I'm not.

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                    • Woy of the Wovers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 14 days ago

                      Yes, I'm not.

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                  • FollowFollow
                      3 years, 14 days ago

                      Any love for this team?

                      Boruc
                      Walker Zab Vidic Shaw
                      Nani Ben Arfa Walcott
                      Sturridge RVP Benteke

                      Given, Whittaker, Ward-Prowse Kasami

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                      1. @ocprodigy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 years, 14 days ago

                        Strong, but not keen that you have 2 punts you have in midfield: Nani & HBA.

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                        1. Heels_Over_Head
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 years, 14 days ago

                          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)

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                      2. Wings Fan
                          3 years, 14 days ago

                          Mirallas for Nani and it looks better.

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                          1. MTC
                              3 years, 14 days ago

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

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                          2. SouthCoastSaint
                              3 years, 14 days ago

                              Wouldnt touch Walker after his displays for England. Shocking. Form over fixtures

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                              1. Heels_Over_Head
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                how he played for England has nothing to do with him getting FPL points

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                          3. Lucy.
                              3 years, 14 days ago

                              Best 4.0 defender who isn't Chester?

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                            • suvoneel
                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                Nolan or Ben arfa? is Zab essntial? if it comes down to agger/enrique vs zab...who would u keep?

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                                1. 4vets
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 years, 14 days ago

                                  Thanx Mark.

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                              • CHY049
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                REPOST

                                RMWCT

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

                                Lewis / Ward-Prowse / Chester / Collins

                                0.9m in the bank.

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                              • MJ6987
                                  3 years, 14 days ago

                                  I reckon Lamela is going to be a superstar.

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                                  1. MTC
                                      3 years, 14 days ago

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

                                      Jump aboard quickly.

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                                  2. Dexter4King
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 years, 14 days ago

                                    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

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                                    1. Crouch Potato!
                                        3 years, 14 days ago

                                        I'm not a member and don't have that problem, however I think thats because people feel sorry for me!

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                                      • Sanchez .
                                          3 years, 14 days ago

                                          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.

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                                        • Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                            3 years, 14 days ago

                                            get a grav

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                                        • TheHammer91
                                            3 years, 14 days ago

                                            Anyone giving Eriksen a go?

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                                            1. wolves_simmo
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 years, 14 days ago

                                              Want to! But got a feeling he won't start just yet

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                                            2. MTC
                                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                                Eriksen is the poor mans Lamela.

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                                              • Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                                He's not my type. 😉

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                                            3. footy4life
                                                3 years, 14 days ago

                                                don't know whether to risk if sturridge or silva will play or just play my card

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                                                1. Woy of the Wovers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 years, 14 days ago

                                                  Hardly a risk. If you have spares on the bench, keep your card.

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                                                  1. footy4life
                                                      3 years, 14 days ago

                                                      yeah but only turner on my bench will play have cabral and brayford

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                                                2. meechamspowders
                                                    3 years, 14 days ago

                                                    shall i change silva to theo? on a WC, already have giroud.

                                                    basically.....how injured is silva? (lazy post i know)

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                                                  • LowerManhattan
                                                      3 years, 14 days ago

                                                      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.

                                                      Thoughts?

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                                                    • Sergio Kun Aminnion
                                                        3 years, 14 days ago

                                                        Wc team
                                                        Mingolet .daniels
                                                        Zaba coleman chester dawson collins
                                                        Yaya hba lamps brady redmond
                                                        Rvp benteke giroud

                                                        Thoughts please.

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