Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United and the left-back could form an electrifying duo with Wilfried Zaha in Patrick Vieira’s side.
According to Football Insider, Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth are all keen on signing the Wales international in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old has been a key part of Sheffield United’s rise to the top of the Championship table this season, featuring in every single game for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
Norrington-Davies has shown his versatility too, featuring as an overlapping wide centre-back in the Blades’ notorious five-at-the-back formation, which suggests that he could provide cover in a number of roles at Selhurst Park.
After proving himself in loan spells with the likes of Barrow, Rochdale, Luton Town and Stoke City, Norrington-Davies is now one of the first names on the team sheet at Sheffield United and looks set to be a key part of their promotion push this season.
His contract at Bramall Lane is set to expire at the end of next season, which suggests that he could be available for a cut price, unless the Blades can tie him down to a new deal.
He will undoubtedly have aspirations of playing in the Premier League and while the Blades look very strong at the start of the new season, a move to Selhurst Park would guarantee top-flight football for the 23-year-old defender.
During his time on loan at Luton, manager Nathan Jones was full of praise for his potential.
He said: “It’s all an education as he’s still young and he needs to learn and he wants to learn, then the boy could have a fantastic career.”
Should he move to Crystal Palace, he would likely compete with Tyrick Mitchell for the starting role at left-back, meaning he could form a frightening partnership with the talismanic Zaha down the left-hand side.
While Mitchell continues to impress having progressed from Palace’s academy, he has contributed just one goal and four assists in his senior career.
Norrington-Davies meanwhile, has two goals and nine assists to his name, with WhoScored suggesting that one of his main strengths is passing, while he has also featured further forward as a left-midfielder in the past.
Wales manager Robert Page emphasised this after Norrington-Davies equalised in a game against the Netherlands, saying:
“Rhys was exceptional. He’s got great energy and he scored a great goal.”
Therefore, it seems likely that he would get forward far more than Mitchell down the left and could be a great overlapping option for Zaha in Vieira’s side should they bring him in during the January transfer window.
Adding his attacking spark alongside Zaha, a man with four goals in six outings already this term, would be a terrifying prospect for any defence; Palace must make it happen.