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Crystal Palace missed out on Madueke

When Noni Madueke left Crystal Palace for Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, few would have predicted that he would be starring in the Eredivisie for PSV just over five years later.

The talented young winger was a product of Palace’s academy but would move across London to Spurs when he was just 12 years old, later signing for PSV’s youth system in 2018.

He has gone from strength to strength with the Dutch giants, establishing himself as a mainstay at the Philips Stadion and it is perhaps no surprise that the England U21 international is now attracting interest from some of Europe’s elite.

Chelsea are said to be pondering a move for the 20-year-old, who has contributed 20 goals and 14 assists in just 79 appearances for PSV’s first team, having produced some sensational numbers with their various academy sides.

While Graham Potter is reportedly very keen on the exciting young talent, it would be something of a surprise to see PSV let another winger go so soon after losing the talismanic Cody Gakpo to Liverpool.

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However, it is surely only a matter of time before Madueke is seen in the Premier League and while it would have been impossible to predict his progression when he was just a child at Selhurst Park, the Eagles will no doubt already be rueing the fact that they weren’t able to keep him around.

PSV have reportedly set Madueke’s asking price at £31m, which would have been a huge fee for Palace had he remained in south London and enjoyed the same trajectory with his boyhood club, especially when you consider that only Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been sold for a larger fee in the club’s history.

Although Patrick Vieira is blessed with wide talents such as Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise, Madueke’s impressive 7.19 rating from WhoScored for his performances in the Eredivisie this season suggests that he would have been a great player for Palace to have at the club.

Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte was full of praise for Madueke in 2020, saying:

“He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions. That’s what PSV needs.”

If Madueke does end up at Chelsea, or another Premier League club in the future, then Palace will surely be even more disappointed that they couldn’t keep hold of the talented winger in 2014. Indeed, it is already safe to say that have endured a nightmare on the effervescent talent.