Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter to react after Foot Mercato reported that the south Londoners are interested in signing Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.
The 35-cap Algeria international – who previously played for Tottenham – has fallen out of favour at the Bundesliga club and has been forced to train away from the first-team, and it now looks as if he could depart Germany with the Eagles interested in signing him, along with a host of other sides including AC Milan.
Bentaleb, 25, has not made a first-team appearance this season, and surely isn’t what Roy Hodgson needs given his well-stocked midfield but lack of senior right-backs or effective strikers.
The former England manager has the likes of James McArthur, James McCarthy, Luka Milivojevic, Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp and Victor Camarasa to play in his midfield, although he has one natural right-back in Joel Ward while only one of his strikers, Jordan Ayew, has scored more than one goal this season.
To sign another midfielder when Martin Kelly – who is more comfortable at centre-back – is having to cover for the injured Ward while Palace are also the Premier League’s second-lowest scorers would make no sense.
Aside from that, let’s see how the Palace fans reacted to the news on Twitter.
Swap him for Meyer and Milivojevic
— andyreidy (@andyreidy1) January 6, 2020
This fan opened the discussion with a quite bold demand, asking the south Londoners to swap Meyer and club captain Milivojevic for the Algerian midfielder – if that ever happened, it would surely be a shock move.
I’d definitely take him great player on loan option to buy great signing if happens
— Cpfc_eagles_fp (@cpfc_fp) January 6, 2020
Elsewhere, this fan said that they’d “definitely take” Bentaleb before calling him a “great player”.
I’ve always liked him from when he was coming through at Spurs #CPFC
— John McGovern (@TheGoverner99) January 7, 2020
— G🦅 (@CPFC_GH) January 6, 2020
The adoration for the former Tottenham midfielder continued with John’s tweet, in which he said that he’s “always liked” the 25-year-old from his days in north London.
Another fan simply said “please” as they express a desire to see this deal be completed.
My god please. He’s unreal. https://t.co/wgK7IAI9M2
— george (@ghlcp) January 6, 2020
I would take this 100% https://t.co/C4g9jo3Drg
— Liam© (@liamb0117) January 6, 2020
Lastly, these two fans seemingly want Bentaleb without a moment of hesitation.
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One fan also said “please” before describing the player as “unreal”, while another supporter named Liam said that he’d “take this 100%”.
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