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Crystal Palace: Steve Parish hit the jackpot over Marc Guehi

Steve Parish has overseen Crystal Palace’s rise from Championship also-rans to Premier League regulars during his spell as chairman of the club.

The 57-year-old has also sanctioned some excellent transfer business, especially during the last few years.

His manager, Patrick Vieira, has signed the likes of Joachim Andersen, Michael Olise, and Odsonne Edouard to improve the squad and these players are likely to make Palace a solid profit if sold on.

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Marc Guehi, who the club signed last summer from Chelsea for a fee of £18m, is perhaps Vieira’s most important signing to date – particularly when you factor in just how much his value has skyrocketed in such a short space of time.

According to CIES Football Observatory, the Englishman is currently valued at a whopping €60m (£52m) and this is nearly triple what the club paid for him just over a year ago.

Last season, Guehi featured in 36 Premier League matches while averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.03, which was the second-highest in the Palace squad.

The 22-year-old won 67% of his total duels while taking 75.6 touches on average per match, proving that he has both the physical strength to thrive in one-on-one situations and the maturity to constantly demand the ball.

The 6-foot brute has carried this fine form into this season, ranking first in the squad for accurate passes per game (88%), third for clearances made per match (3.6), and second for interceptions (1.1) showing that his impressive displays last campaign were no fluke and he will only get better.

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The defender earned England recognition due to his excellent form near the end of last season, making his debut against Switzerland, and has since earned three caps in total. With just a few weeks left until the World Cup, he may even be named in the squad and this would mark a stunning rise for the player.

BBC Sport reporter Alex Howell dubbed Guehi as “incredible” last season and with his meteoric rise, it’s clear that Parish has hit the jackpot with the youngster and it surely won’t be long before bigger clubs come calling.

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