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Crystal Palace: Luke Plange is excelling on loan

Crystal Palace’s signing of Luke Plange from Derby County is looking more and more like a shrewd investment by the Eagles as the teenager continues to impress on loan.

The Eagles confirmed that they had signed the striker from the Rams in a deal worth £1m in last season’s winter transfer window, before sending him back on loan to the Midlands club in the Championship.

In total, Plange would make 27 appearances for the Rams in the second tier, contributing four goals and two assists, which is an impressive return given they were relegated to League One.

He certainly caught the eye of former manager Wayne Rooney with his performances on loan at Pride Park and his quotes will definitely excite Palace fans for the future.

Rooney said: “Luke Plange has a bit of everything in his game.

“He can run in behind teams, he’s quick and he is also strong enough to hold the ball up. As well as that, he’s a clever player and also a finisher.”

The England U20 international made just one appearance for Palace’s U21s, in which he contributed two assists before he was sent on loan for the season to RWD Molenbeek.

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Plange is certainly proving his worth once again as the Belgian side currently sits third in the second division, with Plange hitting two goals and two assists in his first seven appearances for the club.

Although the 19-year-old is yet to be tested at the top level, he clearly has an eye for goal, further evidenced by his hat-trick in pre-season, and he will be looking to force his way into Patrick Vieira’s plans for next season by impressing out on loan.

Considering Palace’s current top goalscorer, Wilfried Zaha, is looking likely to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, Vieira may well need a clinical forward such as Plange in his side as he looks to replace the Ivorian’s goals at Selhurst Park.

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Therefore, it can only be good for the Eagles that Plange continues to catch the eye, as he could end up saving them millions on a goalscorer in the future.

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