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Crystal Palace struck gold over Michael Olise

It’s been an impressive start to the new campaign for Crystal Palace, and a large reason for their early success is down to some outstanding recruitment.

The likes of Odsonne Edouard, Conor Gallagher and Joachim Andersen arrived at Selhurst Park over the summer much to supporters’ delight, but it’s perhaps with their youngest and least expensive acquisition where they really struck gold.

Michael Olise was new manager Patrick Vieira’s first signing back in July, putting pen to paper a five-year deal with the south London club after they triggered the £8m buyout clause in his Reading contract.

The 19-year-old earned his move to the Premier League after a string of impressive displays for the Royals saw him bag seven goals and provide a 12 assists in 44 Championship appearances, a return which saw him pick up the EFL Young Player of the Season award as a result.

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Although a back injury has restricted Olise’s playing time at Palace so far, the youngster has clearly done enough to impress his new boss, with Vieira lauding his talent in a recent interview.

“He’s an interesting talent. He’s really good technically. He’s really good on the one-on-one – a left-footed player who is really composed on the ball,” said the French tactician.

“He can score. He can create something. He’s quite a creative player; he’s a winger who likes to come inside to link with the players. He’s a really good talent – a really special talent.

“We know at the same time that talent is not enough. He will need to express that talent around a collective that we are putting in place to allow him to express himself. But he is a really exciting young player.”

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In just 68 minutes of top-flight action, Olise has already contributed one goal and one assist, playing a pivotal part in draws against both Leicester City and Arsenal.

The eye-catching contributions of the former France under-18 international have already seen his market value rise to £13.5m in a matter of months, and that’s only set to increase even further over the coming years if he maintains his recent form.

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