Bad news for Van Aanholt! Crystal Palace target Luton’s James Justin

According to Football Insider, Crystal Palace are one of three top flight clubs set to join Aston Villa in the hunt for Luton Town’s James Justin, who has enjoyed a brilliant season with the League One winners.

The right-footer is predominantly left sided, with Jack Stacey occupying the right-back spot, and his arrival at Selhurst Park could therefore represent a threat to Patrick van Aanholt, whose 2018/19 wasn’t so impressive.

What’s the news?

Well, Football Insider reports that the versatile Justin is also a target for Leicester, Southampton, Fulham and Villa, who have already tabled a £7.5m bid this summer.

The local lad made an impressive 52 appearances for the newly-promoted Hatters in all competitions, scoring three goals and chalking up nine assists, incredible creative numbers for a full-back.

He now looks likely to leave Kenilworth Road in the coming months with his contract expiring next summer.

Palace have started to put some emphasis on developing young talent in recent seasons, with the meteoric rise of Aaron Wan-Bissaka the chief example, and Justin could become the next young star to flourish at Selhurst Park, albeit at the expense of van Aanholt.

A problem for PVA

The former Sunderland man’s pace and surprising finishing ability make him a threat on the front foot but his defensive ineptitude has cost his side at times this season, with the Dutch international far too often losing track of his man or being caught out of position.

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Despite having wrestled the starting left-back spot from fellow January 2017 arrival Jeffrey Schlupp over the course of the past couple of years, the player’s poor form has sometimes led Roy Hodgson to start right-back Joel Ward in his place this season for more defensive stability.

Clearly the 5 ft 10 ace’s place in the back four isn’t guaranteed and the arrival of a young, hungry rival could see him relegated to the bench permanently if Justin can find his feet in the top flight.

Article title: Bad news for Van Aanholt! Crystal Palace target Luton’s James Justin

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