The sense of optimism surrounding Crystal Palace appears to be growing week by week under the tutelage of new manager Patrick Vieira.
Back-to-back victories over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Wolves have finally rewarded the Eagles for their positive performances, and the best could still be to come.
Vieira oversaw a successful squad rebuild during the summer, with several young, exciting arrivals replacing many members of a previously ageing side.
However, the Frenchman’s job is far from complete, and it seems as though he already has his sights firmly set on his next transfer target.
According to The Sun, Vieira is plotting a move for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa over the coming months as he continues to impress during his season-long loan spell at Napoli.
The 25-year-old has made 14 appearances for Luciano Spalletti’s charges in all competitions, catching the eye with some magnificent displays as the Azzurri have charged to the top of the Serie A table.
But Anguissa’s form will have come as a surprise to some. He struggled to impose himself on a regular basis during his time with the Cottagers, although his former boss Scott Parker was particularly complimentary following a standout performance against Liverpool.
“I thought Frank was superb today,” said Parker back in 2019. “He’s had a difficult time, obviously, coming in on a big transfer fee. Probably getting up to speed with the league has been difficult at times.
“But you look at all the top teams, whether it’s Man United with Fred, or Liverpool with Fabinho early on in the season, they’re not playing too much because they’re trying to get up to the pace of the Premier League.
“Us as a football club need Frank straightaway really, but he just needed time to settle in, and certainly today, I thought he was first class. He did really well, and I’m really pleased for him,” Parker concluded.
However, unlike Fred and Fabinho, Anguissa was never able to show his true potential in west London, largely due to Fulham’s continuous battles at the bottom of the top-flight table.
Nevertheless, he did enough to impress Vieira, who reportedly tried to sign the Cameroon international in the previous window, only to be beaten to his signature by Napoli.
The Sun’s report states that Vieira has not given up hope of enticing the all-action dynamo to Selhurst Park, though, with Fulham believed to be holding out for a £20m fee next summer.
And his arrival at the capital club could spark the beginning of a formidable midfield duo.
Eberechi Eze is set to return from an Achilles injury after the international break after a fabulous maiden Premier League campaign, and the youngster’s guile and creativity alongside Anguissa’s power and tactical intelligence would be a mouth-watering prospect come 2022.
Palace’s new era under Vieira could hardly have gotten off to a better beginning, but Anguissa’s arrival would certainly have to potential to take the Eagles to new heights.