Carlton Palmer believes Crystal Palace may have dodged a bullet after failing to sign Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal.
Eagles boss Patrick Vieira, who was named as Roy Hodgson’s successor following a prolonged managerial search in July, was keen to add a striker to his ranks before the transfer window slammed shut earlier this week.
Would Nketiah have been a success at Palace?
However, Palace were unable to strike a deal as the north Londoners valued the 22-year-old at £20million – double the fee Vieira’s side were willing to pay.
As a result, the Eagles turned their attentions elsewhere and completed the signing of Celtic frontman Odsonne Edouard for £14million, with the fee potentially rising to £18.5million.
Nketiah has scored 13 goals in 65 Arsenal appearances and former England midfielder Palmer believes the striker would have struggled to become a regular goalscorer at Selhurst Park.
He exclusively told The Transfer Tavern: “It’s difficult because if you’re a youngster going to a club, you need the club to be in a position where they’re going to create chances for you and things are going well.
“If you stick a youngster in a side that’s struggling, it affects their confidence and long-term future. You have to be very careful.”
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