Ryan Inniss clearly enjoyed his brief time with the Valiants last season and a reunion this summer would appear to make a lot of sense for all concerned.
Another loan stint should, you would imagine, work in Crystal Palace’s favour were they to negotiate an extension to Inniss’ contract.
At 20 years of age, there is still plenty of development left in the highly-rated centre-half and considerable potential yet to be unlocked.
Palace should surely be looking to make sure that they are the ones to benefit from his talents further down the line.
To expect him to make a mark at Selhurst Park at this stage of his career would be unfair…
To expect him to make a mark at Selhurst Park at this stage of his career would be unfair, but all of the indications are that Inniss could be a very useful asset for the Eagles in the years to come. That’s something that could be to Port Vale’s advantage.
Regular game time in League One will do him no harm at all, further toughening him to the demands of the senior game and giving him an opportunity to experience the pressures of competing on a weekly basis when points – rather than pride at U21 level – are on the line. It would also suit the Valiants to add a player who massively impressed last season and who would boost their backline considerably.
As a club now well established in the top flight, and one Premier League betting markets expect to mount another sustained challenge for a top-10 finish next term, Palace are a side moving in the right direction. They need to stay true to their past, though, when planning for the present and future, with their famed academy system having produced many a talent that has gone on to shine for their first team and earn big bucks in the transfer market.
Inniss could be another to fall into that category, a player Palace can mould and enhance into a home-grown star fans can relate to and that managers are prepared to put their unwavering trust in.
He certainly seems to have the right character to make it to the very top, with Tom Pope raving about the youngster’s personality in his column for the Sentinel.
If that is what Inniss is all about – an emerging talent and infectious personality in the dressing room – then surely a new deal at Palace is a no-brainer, with Alan Pardew then sanctioning another spell at Vale Park in an effort to keep a hot prospect on an upward career curve.
It should be a move that would suit both clubs and the player.