Crystal Palace opinion: Eagles in for Michail Antonio – Good move?
Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is keen on bringing the Englishman to Selhurst Park before the deadline day as he aims to build a proper squad ahead of the start of the season, which is less than two weeks away. (h/t BBC)
The London-based club have made only one signing so far – making Jordan Ayew’s stay permanent. Their talisman winger Wilfried Zaha has been heavily linked with a move away. (h/t Guardian)
However, even if the Ivory Coast international stays with them, Hodgson’s men could do with a signing or two, especially in the forward line. Here’s why adding Antonio to the squad would bring something different:
Antonio’s versatility could come in handy
Predominantly a winger who can play on both flanks, Michail Antonio is a versatile player who can operate as a centre-forward or as a fullback/wing-back if required.
In terms of his attributes, he is a physically strong player on and off the ball, possesses the pace to stretch the defence on the counter, and is good at holding the ball amidst pressure. He is a good finisher too.
If fit, which is never an assurance, Antonio is a player who could make a real difference in a Crystal Palace shirt if the Eagles manage to sign him this summer.
The Englishman’s versatility and the ability to be dangerous on the counter, which is a style at Selhurst Park, could be something of paramount importance.
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Crystal Palace signing Michail Antonio would be the right thing to do. He could add something to their squad and would be of immense help.