Crystal Palace are currently tenth in the Premier League following their victory over Southampton at the weekend, but it appears Patrick Vieira may already be lining up some potential transfer targets for January.
According to The Guardian journalist Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace have Monaco left-back Ismail Jakobs “on their radar”.
Aarons told GIVEMESPORT:
“Really top class left-backs are a bit of a premium, but I think Crystal Palace could do with somebody to give a bit of competition to Mitchell.
“Maybe he’s on their radar because the Senegalese link with Crystal Palace is quite strong.”
There is no doubt that adding some depth in the backline would be advantageous to Palace in their efforts to climb the table and avoid getting into any difficulty over the second half of the Premier League season.
According to WhoScored, current left-back Tyrick Mitchell is the second worst-performing player in the entire squad of those to start over five times, so adding some competition to his position would not hurt and could inevitably improve performances for the Eagles.
Jakobs ranks in the top 10% of his positional peers in the top five European leagues for shot-creating actions and aerial duels won over the last year, whilst ranking in the top 20% for progressive passes and touches.
Over 28 appearances last season, the young German full-back delivered one assist, created six big chances and won 59% of his duels, as well as averaging 1.1 tackles and one clearance per game.
The 23-year-old talent, who was dubbed “quality” by Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell, could be the perfect player to partner up with Marc Guehi in the defensive line as he is more than capable of providing an attacking threat whilst remaining disciplined with his defensive play too.
Guehi is much weaker at winning aerial duels, ranking in the bottom 33% of his positional peers across Europe, but is much stronger in his dribbling skills compared to Jakobs who ranks in the bottom 23%, meaning they could complement each other well by covering each other’s weaknesses in the deepest roles on the pitch.
With that being said, the signing of Jakobs could be a great piece of business for Crystal Palace ahead of the second half of the season and could even improve the performances of Mitchell in the process.