The Lowdown: O’Brien profiled
O’Brien is 23 years of age and has been with The Terriers since 2019. Primarily a central midfielder who can also turn out in an attacking midfield role, O’Brien has been described as a ‘very special’ talent by Carlos Corberan.
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He has made 47 appearances in all competitions this season and could reach 50 at Wembley, should Huddersfield beat Luton Town in the Championship playoff semi-final.
The Latest: Palace and Leeds in six-way fight
Any move would depend on the Whites remaining in the Premier League, something which looks increasingly unlikely with two games to go.
Palace are one of five more top-flight sides looking to capitalise if the Elland Road outfit do go down and therefore miss out, with O’Brien’s meagre £12m release clause seemingly causing quite the battle for his signature.
The Verdict: Shrewd move?
Palace have just three central midfielders on the books at Selhurst Park, one of which being Conor Gallagher, who looks set to return to Chelsea in the summer.
Therefore, a new central midfielder could be beneficial ahead of Vieira’s second season in charge, and it looks as if it is just a matter of time until O’Brien plays in the Premier League.
That could be with Huddersfield or even Leeds, but if both are Championship sides for the 2022/23 campaign, a Palace swoop for a £12m fee could be a wise move both in the short and long term.
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