Crystal Palace have had a strong begin to life beneath supervisor Patrick Vieira, difficult for a top-half Premier League spot and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, shedding to Chelsea.
The previous Arsenal captain has taken to Premier League administration with ease and appears set to steer the aspect to their highest end since 2014/2015, the place they completed tenth.
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Constructing on this season’s success would require Vieira and his workers to recruit diligently and ship out gamers who’re underperforming and surplus to necessities.
Ought to Palace signal Doucoure?
The Mirror (by way of Purpose) has reported that Palace could possibly be set to land £15m rated Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure following Vieira’s assembly with the participant’s agent and a bid being made.
He was lauded for his efficiency in opposition to Good firstly of April as he was “destroying everyone” who received in entrance of him, main us to consider he’d be a smart signing for the Eagles.
With Chelsea loanee Connor Gallagher set to return to Stamford Bridge on the finish of the season, it’s paramount the supervisor bolsters his midfield choices for subsequent season.
Doucoure could possibly be an improve on present defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate too, who will likely be turning 33 halfway via subsequent season.
The Mali worldwide possess a considerably higher attacking menace, with four objectives scored in comparison with Kouyate’s one this time period, nonetheless, it’s the defensive attributes which might be vital.
Doucoure comes out on prime in each tackles made and interceptions (77 and 67) in comparison with his probably new teammate (57 and 44).
These stats alone show that Vieira ought to be splashing the money on the 22-year-old because it may properly be a smart transfer by way of considering forward to subsequent time period.
There aren’t many bargains available in as we speak’s switch market, with valuations and charges spiralling uncontrolled, however the Frenchman may seize one right here and he ought to act earlier than it’s too late.
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