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Crystal Palace: Vieira dodged a bullet with Gibbs-White

Crystal Palace were heavily linked with signing Morgan Gibbs-White during the summer transfer window and it seems as if Patrick Vieira may have dodged a bullet when the midfielder joined Nottingham Forest.

Palace were among a number of Premier League sides reported to be interested in signing the 22-year-old after his superb performances on loan with Sheffield United last season, where he hit 12 goals and 10 assists in 37 appearances for the Blades in the Championship.

Vieira was clearly in the market for an attack-minded midfielder once it became clear that Conor Gallagher wouldn’t be returning to Selhurst Park and as a young, in-form Englishman, Gibbs-White seemed like an ideal replacement.

Wolves were clearly willing to let him go but, in the end, only Forest were willing to match their significant asking price, as the two sides agreed on a deal worth a reported £42.5m – a deal which journalist Josh Bunting dubbed “outrageous“.

Unfortunately for Steve Cooper’s side, the 22-year-old’s form from the Championship is yet to translate into the Premier League, as he has managed no goals and just two assists in his appearances thus far, meaning that the Reds have paid roughly £21m per goal contribution in his time at The City Ground.

Should Palace have signed Gibbs-White?

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Yes

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No

It is impossible to say whether or not Gibbs-White’s performances would have been better in a stronger side like Palace, with Forest currently propping up the Premier League table, but he has done little to suggest that he would have been worth the mammoth fee the Eagles would have had to pay.

Considering Palace have brought in both Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze for a combined £28m in recent seasons, it is clear that Gibbs-White would have proved far too expensive given his performances thus far.

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WhoScored has awarded the England U’21 international an average rating of 6.56 for his performances in the Premier League, while Olise and Eze have earned 6.68 and 7.05 average ratings respectively, with two goals and four assists between them.

Therefore, Vieira will be glad that Gibbs-White didn’t make the move to Selhurst Park in the end, as that money could have been spent much better elsewhere.

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