highest ever upfront fee for a championship player. nice bit of pressure
In fairness, not only is he signing for United but he's also a promising England prospect. Kid was condemned the minute he showed great potential. Would be the same if he went to any top 6 English club, the media would declare him the new Walcott/Beckham/Rooney/Chamberlain and any promising display would be lauded and he's be thrust into the spotlight with the weight of a nation expecting everything to flourish immediately.
He's got a good manager to oversee his development and progress and staying at Palace for the rest of the season is a smart move to keep him playing and progressing on a game by game basis, as well as cooling off the media hype until at least the summer and pre-season.
re: January 2013 Transfer Window (Soon to be featuring Crazy Jim & Sexy Natalie)
Always nice to have a new prospect added to the squad. Hefty price but their money not mine. If he comes good then it'll be a great signing. If not then whatever as long as we don't waste too much time on a player who's going nowhere with the club.