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Vieira could face first Palace disaster by selling Olise

Crystal Palace wide-man Michael Olise has settled in at Selhurst Park brilliantly, earning many admirers with his direct, skilful dribbling and pinpoint crosses.

After scoring twice and creating five more so far this season in the Premier League, as well as grabbing two more goals in the FA Cup, Olise has become the attention of an ‘international tug of war’ between England, France, Nigeria and Algeria.

Will Olise be at Crystal Palace next season?

Yes, Vieira will persuade him to stay!

Yes, Vieira will persuade him to stay!

No, he will attract a big fee this year!

No, he will attract a big fee this year!

However, there is also reportedly a battle for his services at club level too, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all keen on acquiring his signature, despite having arrived from Championship club Reading just last summer for £8.37m.

The 20-year-old, who was described as a “Rolls-Royce” by former Arsenal player and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, has averaged an impressive 8.0 match rating over his last five home games – becoming a fan favourite.

Among wingers and attacking midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions, the youngster ranks in the top 1% for assists per 90 with 0.50 – which obliterates Wilfried Zaha in comparison who has a worse record than 99% of other players in his position, with just 0.03 assists per 90.

Olise also ranks in the top 1% for shots on target percentage per 90 (56.3%), top 3% for crosses per 90 (3.97) and top 3% for carries into the final third (3.27).

Interestingly, the forward has a fantastic record of not being caught offside this season – demonstrating his superb footballing intelligence despite his young age.

While with the Royals, Olise has been deployed all over midfield, but particularly in the last two seasons, he has transitioned really into a left-footed right-winger who can cut in onto his stronger foot.

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Rated now at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, Olise is continuing to go from strength to strength under Patrick Vieira’s management, and the exposure to first team football he has received could be enough to convince him to stay for another season.

He won’t turn 21 until next December, and so has plenty of time to eventually make the next step in his career, but should the club invest in the Summer and bring in more young talent like they are linked with, he could even help the Eagles push for a European spot next season.

In other news: Zaha 2.0: Vieira must unleash 19 y/o “fantastic talent”, could save Palace millions

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