Crystal Palace reviving interest in £20m January target would pay off very well for Hodgson next season

Crystal Palace opinion: Should the Eagles sign Bradley Dack?

After an 11th-place finish last season, Crystal Palace were expected to make the big break into the top half of the Premier League. The Eagles are currently placed 13th this campaign and any improvement on that looks highly unlikely with just 5 games left for them to play.

Roy Hodgson’s side, despite looking brilliant at times this season, have failed to be consistent throughout the season. Their home form has been suspect in recent games, having won just two of their last 6 games.

A lot of their losses have been down to their inability to create enough chances from the midfield. Roy Hodgson’s side have constantly relied upon their counter-attacking style of play and despite the system working very well at times, it has also led to their downfall.

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Summer signing Max Meyer has failed to recreate his form from previous seasons and the likes of Schlupp and McArthur have been way too defensive to create anything reasonable all season.

Hodgson should have an attack-minded midfielder on his summer shopping list and one player who could make a massive difference is Blackburn’s Bradley Dack.

Palace, along with West Ham, were linked with a £20million move for the 25-year-old in the winter transfer window but nothing materialised. However, Palace should revive their interest in the versatile Englishman who has been in phenomenal form for the Rovers this season.

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Dack has been a shining light for Blackburn in an otherwise disappointing campaign as they sit 16th in the Championship. The former Gillingham midfielder has scored a stunning 16 goals and has provided 9 assists in all competitions so far.

Mainly an attacking midfielder, Dack has also played in a box-to-box role and also on both wings. The 25-year-old’s versatility will be hugely beneficial for the Eagles, who have usually played a flat 4-3-3 this season.

His creativity from the middle of the park will be a dream for the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, who thrive when balls are fed to them from the midfield. Dack has the brilliant ability to set a player of Zaha’s ability free with a single pass that would take out an entire defence.

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Dack’s goals will also have a massive impact on Palace’s aspirations for the upcoming seasons and it would also take off a ton of pressure that is on Wilfried Zaha, who has at times been a lone warrior due to the lack of productivity in other areas of the pitch.

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Crystal Palace will have a huge player on their hands if they manage to get Bradley Dack in the summer and the Englishman would transform their side into at least top half contenders if not more.

Roy Hodgson should not think twice about reigniting their previous interest in Dack and he should make a move for the 25-year-old in the summer.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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