Report: Further Crystal Palace frustration after Aymen Abdennour move fails

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crystal Palace looks dejected after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace look to have missed out on the signing of Valencia centre-back Aymen Abdennour.

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crytal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace’s backline could hardly have started the season in a more unconvincing fashion. The Eagles have lost three games from three in a dismal start to the season, Saturday’s 2-0 home reverse to Swansea City meaning they have scored none and conceded six in the Premier League so far.

Consequently, The Guardian reports that the future of new manager Frank de Boer is already being questioned inside Selhurst Park, the Dutchman’s stubborn refusal to alter his tactics an alleged cause for concern.

Reared in Ajax’s home of Total Football and a pupil of Johan Cryuff at Barcelona, De Boer was always going to bring a passing philosophy to Palace. However, the defenders at the club’s disposal appear far more at home with the direct, hit and hope style embodied by predecessor Sam Allardyce.

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crystal Palace looks dejected after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London, England.

Therefore, it’s little surprise that De Boer has attempted to make defensive reinforcements in the final days of the transfer window. Get French Football reports that they made a move for Valencia outcast Aymen Abdennour, though Marseille now look to have won the race, according to Football Espana.

And this may only add to De Boer’s frustrations. Palace have signed only one player on a permanent deal this summer, Ajax youngster Jairo Riedewald.

And former Monaco defender Abdennour would have added some much needed cover at the heart of defence, while also improving Palace’s ability to build from the back.

Javier Ontiveros of Malaga CF for the ball with Aymen Abdennour of Valencia CF during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Malaga CF at Mestalla stadium on December 4, 2016 in...

However, it looks like Palace may have made the move too late.

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