Crystal Palace have made young forward Rob Street available for loan for the second half of the season, as per Football Insider.
The 20-year-old ‘target man’, in the words of The Athletic’s Matt Woosnam, has made 31 appearances for Palace’s under-23 side and bagged 13 goals. He penned his first professional deal with the Eagles in the summer of 2020.
He spent the second half of last season with National League outfit Torquay United, but only made one start and five appearances overall.
According to Football Insider, Palace envisage Street as part of their first team going forward, but a source from the south London club told the publication that, for now, the priority is getting him regular games at senior level.
In order to accomplish that goal, they are looking to loan him out, and ‘several EFL clubs’ have already lodged enquiries.
Another loan move, this time to a club in the Football League, looks the right step for Street.
He is clearly highly regarded at Palace, deservedly so given his under-23 exploits, and one of his coaches has even compared him to a young Ian Wright, who went on to rack up more than a century of Premier League goals.
However, it seems they don’t quite think he’s ready to feature for Patrick Vieira’s side just yet. He was named on the bench twice in the early part of the season, but he is still awaiting a full Eagles debut. The right loan move will hopefully prove a springboard towards that landmark being ticked off in 2022.
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