Not many January transfers sneak under the radar these days but one which might have was Crystal Palace’s capture of Polish defender Jaroslaw Jach. The centre-back arrived at Selhurst Park from Zaglebie Lubin for a fee reported by the London Evening Standard to be in the region of £2 million.
So far the player has had to be patient, waiting for his chance at Palace, with just one unused substitute appearance on the bench against Manchester United.
But one man who believes he can be a big star is Palace’s player recruitment manager Omar Yabroudi. The long-term Dougie Freedman partner joined Palace in January for his second spell, after working as under-18s Head of Performance Analysis from 2010 to 2012.
Speaking to The National the Emirati stated:
“This is my one that nobody knows about. Jach is 23, a late developer whom we acquired from the Polish league for a minimal fee.
“I believe he will go on to play in the Premier League for many years to come, while he was recently called up to the Polish national team. In terms of value for money, I think he’ll be a very good signing.”
He is a man with plenty of success in the game, his biggest perhaps being Yannick Bolasie. Yabroudi identified the Congo winger whilst at Bristol City. Signed for just £300,000 Bolasie was sold on to Everton in 2016 for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £25 million.
That is quite a successful turnaround in value.
So can Jach have a similar impact?
The Pole only established himself as a first-team regular at Lubin last season but quickly became one of the top talents in the Polish top-flight. Such form saw him break into the Poland national team and he is now looking like making the squad for Russia, although a lack of football with Palace may harm that dream.
Yabroudi has snapped up a rough diamond for Palace before. After that, he was polished, and ended up becoming a very valuable star in more ways than one.
If Palace can do the same with Jach then the important of their recruitment chief cannot go unnoticed.