Three Transfer Deals Crystal Palace Should Look To Complete Before Transfer Deadline
Crystal Palace have endured a very difficult start to life under new manager Frank de Boer. The Eagles were hoping things would take a turn for the better under their new manager, given the Dutchman’s track record, but heading into the international break, they find themselves second from the bottom in the Premier League, having lost all their three games – against Huddersfield Town, Liverpool and Swansea City.
There are reports already doing the rounds that De Boer’s job is under serious threat following the poor start to the season, but the Guardian claims the former Ajax and Inter Milan boss has held talks with the chairman and will be backed to get the team back on track.
With just a couple of days left before the transfer window closes, here are three transfers that Palace should complete to get their season in the right direction again.
Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
The Dutchman is unwanted at Newcastle and Palace are short of a quality goalkeeper in their ranks. So, this one makes total sense for the club to complete the deal.
Having sold Steve Mandanda, they lack a keeper to challenge current first choice Wayne Hennessey. Julian Speroni has rarely played in the last couple of years. So, a new stopper wouldn’t be the worst idea for the Eagles. Apart from his immense experience in the Premier League, Krul will also bring in is leadership qualities and strong mentality to the team which is very much needed for this Palace side.
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
Someone who has been linked heavily with a move to Palace, ever since he helped them stave off relegation last season. Sakho is someone that De Boer should look to sign, whatever the cost be.
The 27-year old is an unwanted commodity at Anfield and was loaned out to the Eagles for the second half of last season. Sakho put in some exceptional performances under former boss Sam Allardyce, helping the club avoid the drop to the second tier. Palace have been pegged back in their attempts to sign the Frenchman due to Liverpool’s demand, but considering their poor start to the season, they need to add some more solidity to their backline and Sakho could prove to be the right man to turn to.
Divock Origi (Liverpool)
Another Liverpool man who is likely to be allowed to leave in the summer, Palace should try and hijack a deal for the Belgian forward.
Goals have been a concern for Palace this season. They are yet to score a single goal in the league so far and with Christian Benteke the only natural striker in the ranks, adding more numbers to their forward line would make sense for Palace. Moreover, Origi is someone who will suit De Boer’s system and way of playing much more than Benteke, who is more of a target man and isn’t really comfortable playing with the ball.
The Belgian is young, dynamic and has a relative degree of experience in the Premier League. A chance for regular playing time ahead of a world cup year will tempt him to consider a move and the Eagles should look to act upon it.