Crystal Palace have been linked with 17-year-old Sam Oguntayo, who plays for Kingstonians in non-league, according to The Sun and the club had scouts to watch him feature in the clubs 4-2 defeat to Chestnut.
It is believed that Manchester City, Leeds United, and Watford are also interested in the player, who has played as a right-winger and a left-back, but Palace are currently leading the race.
Recently, the club announced plans to redevelop their academy in order to secure ‘Category 1 status’ and improve the quality of their youth players, hoping that this will help players break into the first team in the future. (Crystal Palace)
Oguntayo has reportedly accepted an offer to train with the Palace U23’s and time will tell if he stays with the youth set up.
Palace certainly have previous in signing options who can be used in multiple positions, Jairo Riedewald, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp are a few of the players who have been used in various places on the pitch, so he’d certainly fit that bill if he were to join.
Focusing on youth could be key for a club that has spent little in the last few transfer windows, and with players like Victor Moses, Nathaniel Clyne, Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all coming from the academy, trying to find youth from lower leagues seems like a good way to go about building for the future.
For now, with manager Roy Hodgson signing a new contract and the club looking set to stay in the Premier League for another season, Palace looks to have a lot of stability in place and it will be a perfect time to try and attract young players and grow them into first-team quality.
It seems like a low risk to give a young player like Oguntayo a go and seeing if he can progress into the first team.
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