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Crystal Palace should avoid Mounie as he doesn’t fit their style of play

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to TEAMtalk, Crystal Palace are one of a number of clubs who have enquired about signing Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie.

What’s the deal, then?

The 24-year-old joined the Premier League from Montpellier in 2017 as the Terriers’ £12million record signing, but his statistics do not resemble what you would hope to receive from your most expensive player ever.

The forward registered 11 goals and five assists in 63 appearances for the club, however it was not enough to keep them from the drop last season as he contributed just two goals in 32 games in 2018/19.

Now, TEAMtalk have said there is interest from France and Germany for the attacker, but that there is also a number of English clubs after him.

As well as Palace, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Watford are all said to be in for the Benin international, who is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Moving from Huddersfield to Palace would be a big shift

When looking at the potential move Mounie would make from Huddersfield to Palace, one statistic which sticks out more than any other is where the two sat last season when it came to the number of long balls per game.

Now, Mounie scored four of his nine league goals for Huddersfield from headers, indicating his threat in the air is a big part of his game – backed up by the fact he won 6.8 aerial duels per Premier League appearance.

That stat means he is a lot more similar to Christian Benteke – who won 5.6 per game – than former loanee Michy Batshuayi, who only averaged 1.1.

Huddersfield had the fourth-highest number of long balls per game in the 2018/19 campaign, compared with Palace who were down in 16th.

In addition, Palace had the fewest crosses per game in the whole division compared with Huddersfield who, again, had the fourth-highest.

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It is therefore clear to see that Palace’s game is far more suited to having a fluid forward who can link up with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, rather than a physical presence who waits for balls into the box.

Mounie is used to a totally different style of play at Huddersfield, which is why Palace should steer well clear.

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