After signing Eberechi Eze from Championship club QPR last season, Crystal Palace are seemingly once again taking a close look at the EFL for potential new signings.
The Eagles have recently been linked with a move for Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo, with Football League World suggesting that they have “ramped up” their interest in the 21-year-old.
However, despite the success at Eze at Selhurst Park over the past season, that looks unlikely to be a trick repeated with Semenyo.
Rated at just £1.17m by Transfermarkt, his potential arrival could be viewed as a bargain, but that middling transfer fee would only bring the Eagles a player who has so far struggled for consistency.
In 46 appearances this season, Semenyo – who can play up front or out wide – has only managed to chalk up five goals. Considering that he has started 27 of those matches, that is a rather poor output.
As a matter of fact, that is a trend which has followed the forward for years, having netted just 11 goals throughout his career so far at all levels following spells with the Robins, Sunderland and Newport County.
Despite former Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson suggesting that Semenyo could be “dangerous”, there should certainly be reservations over whether he would be able to make an impact on the Premier League considering that poor return. For context, ahead of his move to Palace last summer, Eze had chalked up 14 goals and notched eight assists in his final season with QPR in the Championship.
Whilst Palace might well hold an interest in Semenyo at the current time, it would be preferable to avoid a deal in the current window.
He still has two years to run on his contract at Ashton Gate so he could well develop even further throughout the 2021/22 season, when a Palace switch could potentially make more sense.