Crystal Palace were heavily linked with Hirving Lozano during the summer transfer window and the Mexico international could have been a superb addition at Selhurst Park.
Reports suggested that Patrick Vieira was keen to bring the electric winger to the Premier League, with West Ham also credited with an interest in the 27-year-old, although neither side were keen to pay Napoli’s €20m (£17m) asking price, a fee which seems reasonable when you consider his performances this season.
The former PSV Eindhoven man has played a big part in Napoli’s incredible form so far this season, with three goals and three assists to his name in just 14 Serie A appearances, which has helped him to average a strong 6.88 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Only Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze and Joachim Andersen have earned a higher rating in Palace’s squad this season, while only the talismanic Zaha has contributed to more goals, which emphasises the quality that Lozano could have added at Selhurst Park.
He has also scored in their 4-2 Champions League win against Ajax, with Luciano Spalletti’s side topping the group and earning a knockout stage fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt, with their unbeaten status in Serie A suggesting that they could go all the way.
Lozano has also unsurprisingly travelled to Qatar for the World Cup with Mexico and caught the eye in the opener against Poland, earning a strong 7.8/10 rating from SofaScore for his performance after completing an impressive two key passes, five tackles, four dribbles and 12 successful ground duels.
The Mexican forward was dubbed a “sensation” back in 2017 by journalist Bolarinwa Olajide and he has certainly lived up to that reputation with his performances for Napoli, as he boasts 30 goals and 16 assists for Gli Azzurri.
Considering the speculation surrounding Zaha’s future at Selhurst Park, as well as the poor performances of Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew so far this campaign, Lozano surely would have been a great addition to Vieira’s squad.
Therefore, the Eagles may well be regretting not paying Lozano’s asking price in the summer, especially if he can continue to catch the eye on the world stage in Qatar.