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According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 26, 1:58pm), Timothy Castagne and Max Aarons are on Crystal Palace’s radar after they reached an agreement to sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United, and the duo were both better than the 21-year-old in one key area last season.
The Mirror report that the Atalanta and Norwich City stars are targets, and both would be an upgrade on Wan-Bissaka in one way at least if their stats from last term are anything to go by.
While there was absolutely no doubting the 21-year-old’s defensive abilities last season as he averaged 3.7 tackles – only Wilfred Ndidi and Idrissa Gueye bettered his overall tally of 129 – and 2.4 interceptions per game in his 35 Premier League appearances, as per WhoScored, he wasn’t as effective from an attacking point of view.
While he did pick up three assists, his record of 0.3 shots and 0.4 key passes per outing hardly painted him as an attack-minded full-back, and both Castagne and Aarons may well be improvements in that sense.
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Those stats certainly back up the belief that the duo would offer something Wan-Bissaka often struggled to do in the final third for Roy Hodgson’s men, and that either the addition of either player could give the team another attacking outlet next term should a move to Selhurst Park occur.
Someone like Christian Benteke is crying out for some decent service given he has only scored four Premier League goals since the end of 2016/17 campaign, and Castagne and Aarons look more capable of providing that for him then the Manchester United-bound man did in 2018/19.