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Crystal Palace can forget about Van de Beek through Conor Gallagher

Despite managing to secure permanent deals for on-loan striker Jean-Philippe Mateta and Luke Plange from Derby County, one deal that Crystal Palace were not able to secure during the recent January transfer window was one for Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek.

After being linked with a move for the Dutchman last month, it was Everton who managed to secure his signature on deadline day on a loan move until the end of the season.

While this may have been a disappointment for some at Selhurst Park, there’s an argument to be made that a move for the United figure may not have been particularly necessary due to the presence of another midfielder that is already at Palace on loan from one of the Premier League’s top clubs – Conor Gallagher.

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Having made the short journey from Chelsea to Palace back in the previous summer transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season, the 21-year-old has become an important figure for Vieira’s side in this campaign.

With only four outfield players racking up more minutes in the Premier League than the Englishman so far this season, Gallagher has managed to score more goals (7) than any other Palace player as well as providing three assists along the way.

As well as his impressive record in front of goal this season, the £19.8m-rated ace, who has been likened to legendary Premier League midfielder Frank Lampard in the past by Vieira, has managed to rack up an overall performance rating of 7.36/10, comfortably making him Palace’s highest-rated player according to WhoScored.

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This not only shows how crucial the player has been for the team this season, it also shows what a great bit of business it was from the club to get him in the first place and why they should now be thinking about trying to sign him permanently when the summer transfer window opens.

With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise that well-known Palace expert HLTCO, wrote on Twitter: “Conor Gallagher has been a truly transformative force in the Palace midfield since joining the club.”

If the Eagles are able to sign the England international on a permanent basis in the summer, this would give him a great of developing and improving his game even further as well as giving Vieira the chance to continue unearthing what could become one of the best midfield players in the Premier League and put Van de Beek behind them.

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