The Lens midfielder is poised to become the Eagles’ third signing after the summer, following goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and winger Malcolm Ebiowei through the door at Selhurst Park.
Journalist Charlie Parker-Turner tweeted on Friday evening that the 22-year-old is merely awaiting a work permit before finalising his move to south London.
Bridge has said that Palace could still move for another midfielder, but told the club’s supporters to be ‘very excited’ about the signing of a complete option in Doucoure.
He told GiveMeSport: “They’re replacing Cheickhou Kouyate and Conor Gallagher with one player. And that’s not to say they’re only going to just bring him in, they’ll probably want to bring in another midfielder.
“But I’m hearing this guy is a bit of everything, and he’s good at everything, and he’s a nightmare to play against. So, Palace fans should be very excited.”
Do the statistics support Bridge’s claims? To a large degree, yes.
Doucoure ranks quite highly for a wide variety of midfield metrics. He is in the top 30% in all of the following categories among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues (as per FBRef): assists, passes attempted, pass completion, progressive passes, progressive carries, tackles and interceptions.
How many signings do Palace need this summer?
He does indeed look like a ‘nightmare’ for the opposition. For instance, he left Nice and their manager Christophe Galtier ‘totally overwhelmed’, in the words of one journalist, by ‘destroying everyone who got in front of him’ in a Ligue 1 game in April.
Therefore, you’d imagine that many Palace fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Doucoure’s seemingly imminent signing.
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