Expert: Ferguson may not make Crystal Palace debut for another year after £8m development
Nathan Ferguson may not make his Crystal Palace debut for another year.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
The Athletic reported on 7 November that West Brom will receive just £900,000 for Ferguson following his 2020 switch from West Brom to Palace.
The Baggies turned down a £4m approach for the 21-year-old centre-back before agreeing an £8m fee later in the year.
But a knee issue was highlighted in his medical and Palace wanted to renegotiate the fee, but Albion were not willing to budge.
The luckless defender has since suffered an Achilles setback and has not made a senior appearance since January 2020.
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Dinnery claims that, although they missed out on £8m, West Brom may ultimately be lucky to have received £900,000 for Ferguson.
“Time will tell how this pans out,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams
“He has been at the club for the best part of a year but he still isn’t even training with the first team.
“We still don’t really know how he’ll respond to being back. In that regard, it’s been a huge gamble.
“You hope that he can make that transition from injury, but he’s still a long way away from being in that squad.
“It was a calculated risk from Crystal Palace. They have picked up the costs associated with his injury rehab.
“So in monetary, terms, West Brom have saved all of that. It’s a kick in the stomach but once these go to an independent tribunal, it’s out of their hands.
“However, there’s a possibility that West Brom could look back at this in 12 months time and he’s still not played a game.”