With an average age of 28 years 4 months, it’s hardly surprising Crystal Palace have the oldest squad in the Premier League. Roy Hodgson’s side have struggled for consistency so far this season, with four wins out of eight games in the top flight.
The Eagles have suffered from a mixed bag of results, having beaten Manchester United in an emphatic 3-1 win at Old Trafford, before being on the receiving end of a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. However, they’ve bounced back with a 4-1 win over Leeds United at Selhurst Park just before the international break.
It’s inevitable that players will get older, but that doesn’t mean that Palace chief Steve Parish can’t do something about it. There will soon come a point when Palace will have to revitalise their aging defence, that much is for certain, as it’s safe to say that Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins aren’t getting any younger.
So, Parish can solve Hodgson’s problems with one fell swoop by buying Ivan Nasberg from Valerenga.
The former Norway U21 international has been tipped to earn his first senior call-up for his country after an impressive start to the season. Per SofaScore, the 24-year-old colossus has made 23 appearances in the Norwegian Eliteserien this season, whilst he is averaging 3.3 clearances and 1.2 interceptions per game, helping his side keep 8 clean sheets in the process.
By comparison, even Dann has only mustered fewer than one interception per game in the Premier League, as per SofaScore.
It’s claimed that Valerenga would be willing to accept £1m for Nasberg, as per The Sun.
Once lauded as a “really good” player by his former skipper Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Nasberg has made over 100 appearances for the Norwegian side, whilst he has scored two goals and supplied two assists in all competitions.
Standing at 186cm tall, he isn’t exactly the tallest of centre-backs but he more than makes up for his relative lack of height with his defensive contributions at the back.
The Norwegian seems like a relatively risk-free signing to all intents and purposes with a low risk and a high reward. However, Parish will face stiff competition from Fulham for his signature. Get it done, Eagles.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace may forever regret not signing Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy…