According to an exclusive report from TWTD, Crystal Palace recently ran the rule over Ipswich Town centre-back Luke Woolfenden, while Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds also took a look at the youngster.
Well, the report states that the south Londoners cast an eye over Woolfenden when the Tractor Boys were beaten 2-1 by Blackpool a few weeks ago.
The Eagles – who sit 11th in the Premier League – are clearly taking an interest in the 21-year-old who is believed to have caught the eye of Sheffield United and also QPR this term with his performances.
The Daily Mail’s Secret Scout checked him out at the start of the year, detailing that he looked promising but lacked electric pace.
One thing that Crystal Palace’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman needs to do is locate some youthfulness to add to the centre-back department.
As of now, the Eagles have five experienced first-team centre-backs who are all very accomplished in their roles, although they do not have much time left on their side in terms of their playing career.
Palace have Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins – who are both 30 years of age – while Roy Hodgson also has 33-year-old Scott Dann and 34-year-old Gary Cahill at his disposal. Martin Kelly, who can play at right-back and centre-back, is 29 years old, closing in on his thirties.
As a result, some fresh faces with plenty of time on their side are definitely needed in the centre-back department, so Ipswich Town prospect Woolfenden could potentially help Freedman achieve this should he make the move to Selhurst Park.
He may not immediately go into Hodgson’s first-team, but it would be a shrewd move for the future.
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