Crystal Palace enjoyed a hugely successful summer transfer window with three players joining the club before the close of play on deadline day.
Roy Hodgson’s side signed Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers, whilst Michy Batshuayi joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea. And Nathan Ferguson arrived as a free agent from West Bromwich Albion but the Eagles may be forced to pay the Baggies a fee depending on the outcome of a tribunal.
However, it seems Steve Parish isn’t prepared to stop there quite just yet. In fact, it appears he isn’t satisfied by bringing in only one full-back, if recent reports are anything to go by.
According to The Athletic’s Matt Woosnam, former Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne is on the verge of returning to Selhurst Park. Clyne finds himself a free agent having been released by Liverpool in the summer.
And the 29-year-old will sign a short-term deal until the end of January after impressing Hodgson with his work ethic.
Right now, Palace really need cover at right-back, that much is almost blindingly obvious.
Ferguson hasn’t featured at all as he is still working his way back from fitness. But The Athletic’s Dom Fifield added a return might just be around the corner.
Until then at least, Hodgson needs someone who he can rely upon on the right flank, which is where Clyne comes in. Joel Ward played out of position for the first four Premier League games, but he was badly exposed at Stamford Bridge, as he lost possession of the ball 18 times and didn’t register a single tackle throughout the entire game, via SofaScore.
The seasoned veteran had done an amicable job beforehand, as he starred in the 3-1 win over Manchester United, but when you consider the fact that Hodgson is already dealing with a shortage of defenders, he cannot afford to lose another reliable asset.
Clyne can provide capable injury cover, that’s for sure. He was once hailed as a “high-class” player by Jurgen Klopp after a solid performance against the Red Devils in 2018.
Whilst there will be some concerns over his fitness, the £7.2m-rated ace featured in an U23’s fixture against Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago. The deal will only last for three months anyway, which will hardly do the club any harm at all. At any rate, anything is better than nothing.
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