The Guardian’s Ed Aarons told GIVEMESPORT in October that the £13m-rated AS Monaco left-back could well be on Crystal Palace’s radar ahead of the January transfer window, as Vieira looks for competition for Tyrick Mitchell at left-back.
Like every other manager, the Frenchman will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the World Cup action in Qatar as a way of scouting players he feels could be a good addition at Selhurst Park, but Jakobs showed in his performance against Ecuador that he might not be cut out for Premier League football.
The African Cup of Nations holders may have secured their spot in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Ecuador in Group A, setting up a round-of-16 tie against England on Sunday evening, but the reported Palace target was extremely disappointing.
As per Sofascore, the 23-year-old would earn a 6.7/10 rating for his display, with only three Senegalese players rating lower.
During the 90 minutes, the defender’s passing was all over the place, as he lost possession on 24 occasions and registered a shocking pass success rate of just 48% after completing a mere 13 of his 27 attempted passes.
Only Ecuador striker Michael Estrada would register a worse pass success rate, while no player on the pitch would lose possession on more occasions, which emphasises just how poor Jakobs was with the ball.
Palace might be in the market for a more attacking full-back in January, given that Mitchell is very much focused on the defensive side of the game, but Jakobs’ return of two accurate crosses from eight attempted suggests that he wouldn’t offer much more going forward than the young Englishman at Selhurst Park.
Unfortunately, he was also poor without it, as he was dribbled past once and completed no tackles in the 90 minutes, which again is poor in comparison to Mitchell’s average of 1.3 tackles per game in the top flight this season.
After such a disappointing display against admittedly average opposition, it seems clear that Jakobs wouldn’t cut it as a regular in the Premier League, so Vieira and Palace should steer well clear.