Jaroslaw Jach insists he has no regrets over Crystal Palace move, eyes future in Premier League

A general view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

The Crystal Palace defender is currently out on loan in Turkey.

Jaroslaw Jach of Poland during international friendly match between Poland and Uruguay at National Stadium on November 10, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.

Jaroslaw Jach has defended his decision to sign for Crystal Palace - despite his failure to make an impact at Selhurst Park and subsequent failure to break into Poland's World Cup squad.

Jach moved to Palace from Zaglebie Lubin in January, at which point he was tipped to add to his pair of national team caps.

Eight months later however, the centre-back finds himself on loan to Rizespor of the Turkish top division, whose first team plans he has only recently broken into.

But Jach is determined nonetheless to force his way back into Crystal Palace's thoughts.

 

"Put yourself in my situation," he told Sport.pl. "In the national team I played two matches, both good, and people began to see in the squad of (the Poland manager Adam) Nawałka.

"I was not sure. I (could have easily) stayed in Lubin, played poorly in March and had neither a transfer nor an international call-up. Today I am in Turkey and I am convinced that without going to Crystal Palace it would not have happened. And I think it's better to play in the Turkish league than in the Polish one.

"I do not feel regret, only aggression and stubbornness. I want to prove to everyone that I can play in the Premier League."

A general view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

On why things have not worked out for him so far at Palace, Jach added: "In England, there were training sessions where I presented myself better than my competitors, but I lacked consistency.

"If I have that in Turkey, I am not worried about playing. And I have to play, because the Crystal Palace scouts are still watching me. I have recently learned that they will come for a few of my matches.

"We decided on a loan deal (as opposed to a permanent one) because I knew that there would be no place for me in the first team.

"I do not know how serious the proposals were from Polish clubs, but Lech Poznan spoke to me, and then Legia Warsaw. Palace, however, pressed for a move to Turkey. The English believe that it is a strong league which guarantees development.

"I could have joined Terek Grozny, but I was worried about the distance and Palace did not let me go to Russia."

Roy Hodgson the manager of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace at John Smith's Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Huddersfield, United...

Jach continued: "Yes, (the Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson) was a supporter of the transfer (from Lubin). But when I came to England, I was not ready for such a jump. It was hard for me to compete with the boys who have been playing in the Premier League for years.

"Today I have to gain experience and ... grow. I devote a lot of attention to working out at the gym, because - to put it bluntly - in England, the physicality can kill you."

Jach is due to spend the rest of the season in Turkey, leaving him with another two seasons in which to impress at Palace.

As things stand however, the 24-year-old is likely to face strong competition back at Selhurst Park, with Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Martin Kelly and Jairo Riedewald all capable of operating in his preferred role.

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