No Milivojevic, no problem – Crystal Palace can replace their talisman by revisiting their talented summer target

Crystal Palace opinion: Should Palace revive their interest in Danny Drinkwater

According to a report from Italian publication Calciomercato, AC Milan are looking at the possibility of signing Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic in the summer.

The Serbian has been touted as a replacement for Tiemoue Bakayoko if the Frenchman returns to Chelsea at the end of his loan deal in the summer.

Milivojevic has been a real leader at Palace since his arrival and has been an integral part of Roy Hodgson’s side this season. The 28-year-old has been in decent form this campaign, having scored 11 goals in the Premier League.

Despite most of his goals coming from the spot, Milivojevic has been of massive help for the Eagles both offensively and in front of the back four where has provided some much-needed protection for Roy Hodgson’s side.

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Losing the Serbian will be a massive blow for the Eagles next campaign and the club would have to look far and wide for a player of his quality and experience. Luckily for Roy Hodgson, a very similar midfielder with tons of experience in Danny Drinkwater could be available in the summer.

The Chelsea man has clearly been out of favour since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri in the summer with an appearance in the Community Shield at the start of the season being his last for the club. Palace were heavily linked (h/t Sun) with a move for the former Leicester man in the summer but the move failed to materialise.

Crystal Palace should have him on top of their list as a replacement for their skipper if he does leave in the summer and he would be a phenomenal addition to Roy Hodgson’s side. Drinkwater will give the Palace boss a variety of options in terms of positioning, thanks to his incredible versatility.

The Englishman has the ability to play anywhere across the central midfield and will be a valuable addition in place of Milivojevic and even Max Meyer, who has failed to hit the ground running since his arrival to the Premier League at the start of the season.

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Like Milivojevic, Drinkwater will bring in bags of experience and leadership to this relatively young Palace side and the 28-year-old can be hugely relied upon by Roy Hodgson.

Drinkwater’s passing is arguably better than the Serbian’s and this can be put to good use with the likes of Wilfried Zaha in front of him making those clever runs.

Conclusion

Danny Drinkwater would be a fantastic replacement for Luka Milivojevic and even if the Serbian decides to stay at Selhurst Park, the Englishman can form a brilliant partnership next to him in central midfield.

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Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace should reignite their interest in the Chelsea outcast this summer and the Eagles cannot not go wrong with his addition.

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Written by Shamanth Jayaram

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

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