Crystal Palace have been enjoying a comfortable season so far, with the appointment of Patrick Vieira and his summer signings making an impact in the right direction for the club, and in his second transfer window at Selhurst Park, the manager could be set to make another astute signing.
Journalist Tom Barclay, has weighed in on the potential signing of Eddie Nketiah by Palace during the January transfer window, giving his perspective on the likelihood of the player joining the Eagles
Speaking to Give Me Sport, he said: “I think they’re still very much keen on him but it might be quite a tricky signing for them.”
The £17k-p/w striker has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park since the transfer window opened last weekend, but there are other clubs interested, with both Brighton and Bayer Leverkusen rumoured to be competing for the 22-year-old.
Vieira has changed the age profile of the Palace squad in his short time, with the club adding a number of young players during his time at the helm. Conor Gallagher (21) and Odsonne Edouard (23) are perfect examples of signings who have had a positive impact on the team this season.
Adding another young player into the mix to integrate into the side should surely put the club in good stead to build a team at Selhurst Park with a promising long-term future.
Some Eagles fans have already taken to social media to give their thoughts on the potential signing of Nketiah and how his prospective addition would be good for the team given the current competition in attack. With Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew both 30 or older, and Jean-Philippe Mateta on the verge of leaving south London, centre-forward is a position where Vieira should indeed be looking to strengthen.
The Arsenal youngster has not had a chance to make a big impact on their Premier League campaign, with only three top-flight appearances this season. However, he has made the most of his game-time in the Carabao Cup, with five goals in just three matches helping Mikel Arteta’s side to reach the semi-finals.
Vieira will be hoping to give Nketiah a reason to join Palace by getting the better of Milwall tomorrow in the FA Cup and offering an attractive prospect for the youngster to become an integral part of a potential cup run at Selhurst Park.
Given the 22-year-old’s form in domestic cup fare already this term, the prospect of replicating that for the Eagles could have the Palace faithful buzzing with excitement.