Crystal Palace’s defensive record is a mystery in itself.
At times, the Eagles form this impenetrable shield around them to grind out victories and earn crucial clean-sheets. Everything we’ve come to expect from a Roy Hodgson team.
On other days, however, they fall apart like a house of cards.
Frustratingly, much like their attack, their defence is still not completely set, missing some bite or composure which could make them even more difficult to score past. With that in mind, the Eagles are reportedly looking to fix this problem and according to reports (via The Sun), they’re tracking the development of young centre-back Ezri Konsa at Brentford.
The 21-year-old’s impressed for the West London side, helping them keep seven clean-sheets by putting in some strong performances in a physically demanding league. He’s really helped steer the Bees away from trouble, with his mobility, commendable game-reading skills and assertiveness at the back helping him keep some bullying strikers at bay, so Steve Parish simply must sign him this summer.
Konsa’s averaged at 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 3.3 clearances per game (stats via WhoScored), showing glimpses of a confident defender primed for big things in the near future. If the Eagles truly want to solidify their defence for the long-term, the 21-year-old’s their man to go-to.
Not only can he help strengthen their backline, but help in improving other aspects as well.
The young star’s fantastic distribution ability can make the transition from defence to attack easier and restrict Palace’s problems playing out of defence. If he can help improve the way Palace build from the back, fans at Selhurst Park might be in for some better football.
At long last, right?
Indeed, Konsa can benefit from learning under the strong James Tomkins while adding speed and spirit to Crystal Palace’s defence towards making the Eagles a mean opposition to score past.
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