Crystal Palace managed to avoid relegation after a disastrous start to last season but have stalled in the transfer market, hampering Roy Hodgson’s attempts to construct a squad that can climb the division.
Talisman Wilfried Zaha also reportedly wants to leave, and it is impossible to understate the Ivory Coast international’s importance to the Eagles.
Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek departed the club after his breakthrough loan spell and his World Cup cameo appearances have raised his profile to the extent that he may well have set his sights higher than the lower reaches of the top flight.
Hodgson’s need for new arrivals is acute, and a failure to replace Loftus-Cheek’s midfield power would be a substantial blow to the former England manager’s bid to keep his boyhood club in the Premier League.
So we asked Eagles fans who – out of 6ft 4in Manchester United man Scott McTominay, England international Jake Livermore and fellow relegated midfielder Badou Ndiaye – would be the best replacement.
The result was fairly clear, 51 per cent of them want the towering United ace to boost Palace’s midfield physicality, as you can see from the poll results below…
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