Crystal Palace are aiming to move for West Bromwich Albion’s Nathan Ferguson in the summer, as reported by The Athletic journalist Matt Woosnam.
They had been in contention to sign the 19-year-old in January, who could have finally been a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka following his move to Manchester United last summer, but that fell apart on deadline day due to a knee injury, as reported by The Athletic at the time.
However, the Eagles are returning to swoop in and take him away from The Hawthorns when his contract comes to an end at the end of the season.
Considering the above, FFC writers have given their verdicts on whether Palace are right to be revisiting their pursuit of Ferguson.
“One thing that is certain is Crystal Palace’s need for a new right-back, and it was surprising that they didn’t confirm the Nathan Ferguson deal even if he did have an issue with his knee.
“He is a brilliant prospect and exactly what Hodgson should be looking for. Young, good re-sale value, and has already experienced a high-pressure environment with West Brom chasing promotion – holding his own in that squad.
“A return of 2.4 tackles per league game evidences that, and with the likes of Tottenham and West Ham being linked it is clear to see that he is held in high esteem. For the Eagles he can be the next Wan-Bissaka and therefore they should do everything they can to bring him to Selhurst Park in the summer.”
“There is no doubt that Ferguson started the season well and has plenty of promise. After all, 21 league appearances for a 19-year-old is nothing to be sniffed at. However, such a big injury is dangerous for a player of any age, and there must have been enough cause for worry for Palace not to go through with the deal.
“He has played just once in 2020, meaning that there has been little to see of him recently. The Eagles are better off waiting until perhaps next January to see if he has fully recovered – Dougie Freedman can’t afford to make a mistake.”
“Crystal Palace have some big decisions to make in the transfer market this summer, and one of them is finally finding a solution to their right-back issue.
“The Eagles have shown in recent weeks in the Premier League that they potentially might not be too far away from competing for a European spot, and Roy Hodgson must ensure he has a team capable of challenging again for whenever the 2020/21 season will be.
“Placing faith in Wan-Bissaka worked previously, but you do have to wonder whether signing and starting another 19-year-old in Ferguson – who has never played in the top-flight – would have to be seen as a bit risky.”
“It is so important for Crystal Palace to bring down their average age, which is currently 29.2, making them the oldest squad in the Premier League.
“Therefore having someone who is 19 years of age in a problem position, and one who can start fighting for minutes from the start – fitness permitting – makes this a brilliant prospective move for Palace.
“His defensively focused game also suits Hodgson’s style of play well, meaning that moving for Ferguson is a no-brainer, even if they will need to pay compensation for him.”