Crystal Palace must target World Cup star Wagué to fill problem position

Roy Hodgson will be looking to add to his Crystal Palace squad this summer whilst doing his very best to stave off any approach for Wilfried Zaha. One position the former England boss may look to strengthen is right-back.

What’s the story?

It looks increasingly likely that last season’s first choice right-back Joel Ward will not renew his contract with Palace and could leave the club at the start of July. If this were to happen, the Eagles would be left with Martin Kelly (who has played centre-back recently) and youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka as options for the position.

There are question marks over whether Kelly has the quality at full-back to help the Eagles push into the top 10 of the Premier League and if he is more suited to playing at centre-back in the long term.

Wan-Bissaka is perhaps Palace’s most exciting youngster at the moment. The 20-year-old made seven appearances at right-back last season and was capped twice for the England U20 team.

If Hodgson is in the market for a new full-back this summer then he should look no further than Senegal’s World Cup sensation Moussa Wagué.

Why sign Wagué?

Hodgson should be looking to inject some youth into a Palace defence that often lacks pace and both Wagué and Wan-Bissaka have that quality in abundance.

Senegalese star Wagué, 19, has caught the eye in Russia with his attacking performances and scored his team’s second goal in their group game against Japan.

Playing in the Belgian league for KAS Eupen (with one Claude Makélélé as his manager) Wagué played 28 games in all competitions last season, providing four assists in the process.

Wan-Bissaka looks as though he could be a star of next season for Palace if he is given the starting role at right-back but Wagué would provide excellent cover and an able deputy for when the Englishman is rested.