An update has emerged on Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien, regarding Crystal Palace’s interest in his services.
According to the Daily Mail, Huddersfield midfielder O’Brien is a player Crystal Palace are targeting ahead of next Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Leeds United are also reportedly keen on the central midfielder, with a £7m deal for him said to be on the cards for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Steve Parish must pounce and match Leeds’ £7m offer in the coming days to give his side the best chance of getting a deal done for the midfielder. He could be a terrific addition to Crystal Palace’s team and added another option for Patrick Vieira to work with in the middle of the park.
O’Brien enjoyed an excellent season in the Championship with Huddersfield, averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.85 despite the Terries not being near the promotion hunt. This has seemingly caught the attention of both Palace and Leeds, with his defensive contribution standing out in particular.
Huddersfield writer Steven Chicken offered his thoughts on O’Brien earlier this year and quoted ex-Terries boss Danny Cowley as saying he was ‘like having two players’.
He said: “Former Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley often praised O’Brien as being ‘like having two players’, with the midfielder receiving particular praise from his manager and fans alike for his ability and willingness to rush back and win the ball with a clean sliding tackle whenever his side were caught on the counter-attack.
“He certainly has the potential to be (a Premier League player), if he’s not already. His fitness is incredible and he just never seems to get tired, which is one of the biggest difficulties Championship players have when stepping up to the Premier League.
“He’s never going to be a big glamorous name in the Premier League, but he is the kind of wholehearted, committed player that managers love because they do so much of the hard work that helps other players to shine.”
These comments, and the quote from Cowley, show that O’Brien has a superb engine and would be able to cope with the rigours of Premier League football. He averaged three tackles and interceptions per game in the second tier, whilst making zero errors leading to goals all season.
Therefore, he could be a great option for Vieira to call upon in midfield as he is hard-working and defensively resolute. At the age of 22, he could also be a player the Frenchman is able to coach – who better than the Arsenal legend to learn from as a central midfielder?