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.
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.
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.
It’s something that many of the SE25 faithful have picked up on and it’s safe to say that they would welcome an upgrade…
Yes for the rest of the season but a proper LB needs to be on the summer shopping list. PVA can become a winger if he wants it enough.
— Michael Johnson (@MichaelCPFC) April 21, 2019
Based on today, I’d happily have Ward at LB every week over PVA.
He actually bothers to defend. It makes a lovely change.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) April 21, 2019
Pva is the worst player I’ve watched his useless
— Kev (@kevinbartleyy) April 27, 2019
He’s been awful this season. Should be a priority for us to bring in a really strong left back. I’d play Jeff there for the rest of the season.
— Rob Grogan (@_robbieg_) April 15, 2019
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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.