Disappointed but not surprised by Davids' exit

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You can imagine my disappointment when I heard the news that Edgar Davids and Crystal Palace have come to agreement to end their short, romantic affair with each other.

It seemed a match made in heaven. The once great Dutch legend, returning from a two-year hiatus, agreeing a deal with a side who were entering a new era. No doubt signing Edgar Davids was brilliant for Crystal Palace, if not for the interest and revenue it bought the club overshadowing his seemingly poor form on the pitch. 

Edgar was to come in as a midfield enforcer, who could bring experience and quality to a young and eager Crystal Palace squad. But after seven matches, six of those ending in defeat, and Palace routed to the bottom of the Championship, Edgar and the Eagles are no more. 

Davids made the announcement via his official website and said: “Today I have decided that my journey as a player of Crystal Palace FC has come to an end. I want to thank all the people who supported me and gave me one of the greatest experiences of my life."

Crystal Palace also made the announcement with a short statement on their website and now I am left to look back on the ‘pitbull's’ short Selhurst career. 

I am left to look back on his poor back-pass that gifted QPR the lead in their 2-1 win. His full debut in the 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe. Or his performance in the 5-0 battering at Derby.

In defence of Edgar Davids, he was deployed at left back for most of these matches, which is of course not his natural position and left many fans, myself included, wondering what gave George Burley the idea of playing the 37-year-old central midfielder in that position. 

This no doubt contributed to his less than inspiring performances, but also he was playing in a pretty average side. I never expected Edgar to set the world alight playing in this team. A new team, with a new manager, a lot of new players and new owners. The least I expected was a full season from the Dutch legend. 

Maybe if Darren Ambrose and Neil Danns had of been fit, and we didn't only have a few fit defenders, then Palace would have played better and he would still be an Eagle. This would have given him a chance to play in midfield and run games like he should have been doing.

You could see by watching Edgar Davids at Selhurst Park this season that he is still a class act. His passing, his movement and his communication on the field is that of a top player. It's just a shame we could not see more of it.

But after only a few days, with Palace already struggling in the league, rumours surfaced of training ground confrontations and big ego's. 

Burley told the South London Press: "I spoke to Edgar this morning and we decided it was probably better that we drew a line under him being at Palace.

"He was a smashing lad and I enjoyed working with him but it was a big ask for him after being out of the game for two years. We've got to look to the future. I'll be looking to try and get someone else in to replace him because we're quite short in midfield and this helps free up a wee bit of money."

Now, whilst I am bitterly disappointed by this, as Edgar was one of my favourite players when growing up, I am now hopeful that Burley is true to his word and can bring in a decent replacement to boost our depleted midfield.

So I will end this article by thanking Edgar Davids for his time and effort in trying to make Crystal Palace great again and wish him luck in his future and hope that he, again calls time on his illustrious career.

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