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Crystal Palace: Levi Colwill can be Guehi 2.0

Crystal Palace have been heavily linked with a move for Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill so far this summer, and the centre-back could prove to be the next Marc Guehi in Patrick Vieira’s side.

Fabrizio Romano suggested earlier in the summer that the Eagles had enquired about signing the defender after his impressive loan spell at Huddersfield Town last season.

The 19-year-old was a mainstay in the Terriers’ side as they reached the Championship play-off final, making 31 appearances and averaging an impressive 6.97 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

This ranked him as the third-best outfield performer in Carlos Corberan’s squad, which emphasises just how important he was to their success, and it is no surprise that some Premier League clubs are taking an interest in the wonderkid this summer.

After a hugely impressive start to life at Huddersfield, in what was his first taste of senior football, talent scout Jacek Kulig sang the teenager’s praises on Twitter, saying: “Outrageous start to his pro career. Amazing talent.”

Although Chelsea are seemingly low on centre-backs after the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, history suggests that the Blues will bring in a marquee replacement rather than putting faith in one of their own, and Palace could benefit for the second time.

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The Eagles brought in Marc Guehi last summer after he had starred in the Championship with Swansea City, also playing a vital part to their route to the 2020/21 Championship play-off final, making 43 appearances and averaging a 6.90 rating from WhoScored.

Despite that form, Palace were able to prise him away from Chelsea for just £18m, and he went on to impress in his debut season at Selhurst Park, making 36 appearances for Vieira’s side in the top flight as he averaged a solid 6.76 WhoScored rating.

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Therefore, the similarities between Colwill and Guehi are clear to see; and given that Guehi has already gone on to represent England and is still just 21, it could be another masterclass by Steve Parish if he can sign the £4.5m-rated Colwill this summer.

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