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Crystal Palace: Eagles face competition from Watford for Allan Saint-Maximin

Crystal Palace: Eagles face competition from Watford for Allan Saint-Maximin

Crystal Palace face competition from Watford in the race for Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, according to the Daily Mail

The English outlet reported at the end of June that Saint-Maximin was a player the south London club viewed as potential competition for Wilfried Zaha before eventually replacing him.

However, with Watford now said to have made an enquiry about the 22-year-old, Crystal Palace may have to act fast or risk losing him to a Premier League rival.

As well as Watford and Crystal Palace, the Daily Mail reports that Newcastle United are also interested in Saint-Maximin, making this transfer tussle an even more interesting one.

Losing out on Saint-Maximin to Watford would surely come as a blow to Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace; the Frenchman looks capable of bringing so much to the Eagles’ attack.

For example, when looking at his stats, everything points towards Saint-Maximin being a signing who can help Hodgson’s side out wide.

In Ligue 1 last season, he averaged an incredible 4.2 dribbles per game, which was more than what even Wilfried Zaha (3.4) managed in the Premier League. In fact, those 4.2 dribbles per game mean Saint-Maximin averaged more than any other player in English football’s top flight (as per WhoScored).

Meanwhile, back in Ligue 1, only Neymar (4.4) and Hatem Ben Arfa (4.5) made more. Based on that, it is no surprise that Saint-Maximin is being earmarked as an alternative to Zaha. Looking at those stats, Crystal Palace will surely struggle to find a winger who is as devastating 1v1 on the flank as the former France U21 international.

With Javi Gracia and Watford sniffing around, though, they need to be quick.

Crystal Palace fans, will the club beat Watford to Saint-Maximin’s signature? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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