There are multiple positions which demand an upgrade at Crystal Palace.
However, an upgrade for Andros Townsend is absolutely unnecessary seeing as to how dangerous the winger has been for the Eagles this season.
So, in a questionable move, Roy Hodgson is reportedly aiming to sign a surprising option next summer. According to reports (via Football Insider), the Eagles are looking to sign Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy if they get relegated. Indeed, he’ll apparently be available for £11million (he only has a Transfermarkt rating of £7.2m), something which will go to waste if Palace goes through with the deal.
In no way is another winger needed at Crystal Palace. Murphy, who operates in the same position as Townsend, is nowhere near the menacing winger. He’s only scored 3 goals and assisted this season, as compared to the Palace winger’s 4 goals and 3 assists. Neither is Murphy a more creative outlet then Townsend nor can he create special moments like him.
Even in crossing accuracy, Murphy’s 15% falls short of Andros’ 24%. The Palace man has delivered 28 accurate long balls (stats via Premier League), while the 24-year-old’s only managed 11 so far (stats via Premier League). Murphy is too inconsistent and despite his energetic demeanour, isn’t the kind of quality the Eagles should look towards if they wish to compete higher.
He’s close to being part of two relegated Premier League squads in Norwich and Cardiff City, bringing him little popularity in recent years. Murphy isn’t capable of adding new sparks to Palace’s attack, as Roy Hodgson should definitely look for better to bolster his promising attack.
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