It’s no real secret that Roy Hodgson loves some flair from his wingers, allowing them attacking freedom in bursting by defenders to counter-attack at a searing pace.
Indeed, the English gaffer’s system has played a big part in elevating both Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend towards being considered among the Premier League’s best outside the top six and a major part of the reason the Eagles remain in the top flight of English football.
Now, he doesn’t want this magic to go As Zaha’s future remains in doubt, Hodgson’s seemingly planning on keeping the future bright. According to reports from French outlet Nice-Matin, the Eagles are interested in acquiring the excellent Allan Saint-Maximin.
The 22-year-old’s been an absolute marvel in France, bamboozling defences with his exquisite ability. Saint-Maximin craves for the ball at his feet, taking every opportunity to dance past his opposition, produce some sensational trickery in order to get fans on their feet. While he might’ve only scored 6 goals last season, he is a hugely talented winger ready to explode on the top level.
Frankly, Saint-Maximin’s the complete package in the final third, having the ability to operate from either wing or even down the centre if needed. However, he’s most effective down the right where he loves scurrying past defenders or cutting inside the box. The 22-year-old’s averaged 2.2 shots, 1.7 key passes and 4.2 dribbles per game (stats via WhoScored), proving just how exciting his talent really is.
Selhurst certainly needs a lift after a fairly miserable home campaign and a move for the £22.5m-rated (per Transfermarkt) rising star would be a way to get fans onside.
The youngster is the latest gem unearthed from Ligue 1 and can really light up Selhurst Park with his impeccable work with the ball. Mixed with some help from Townsend (hopefully Zaha too) and co, Saint-Maximin could be the irresistible wing-wizard required to glow up Palace’s future.
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