In this transfer window, centre-midfield will be a priority for Crystal Palace due to how exposed Luka Milivojevic had been to attacking opposition pressure in the season just gone.
Indeed, it’s probably fair to say that Roy Hodgson struggled to find the perfect combination, with James McArthur nor Cheikhou Kouyate not overly consistent enough to help on a long-term basis.
Over the season, the Eagles were vulnerable through the middle and lost the midfield battle way too many times. As a result, Hodgson wants to sign a midfielder who can add steel or bite to his really rather flimsy midfield. So, according to reports from Turkish outlet Sabah (via Sports Witness), they’re aiming to sign Mohamed Diame from Newcastle United.
However, they face stern competition from West Ham United and Fenerbahce for the 31-year-old.
Frankly, it’s a terrible idea.
While Diame’s full of Premier League experience, he’s not the ideal man to solve Palace’s problems. The former Senegalese international has grown weary in recent times, becoming slow and unattentive to dangers in the midfield battle. Overtaken by more dynamic options on Tyneside, he’s barely covered himself in glory.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why the centre-midfielder was rotated around by Rafa Benitez at Newcastle last season. The 31-year-old just isn’t the vibrant, relentless presence he once was anymore and ends up being outwitted by clever, cuter midfielders too often. Indeed, Diame’s contributions in attack are almost nonexistent, as he failed to net or assist a goal last season.
He isn’t the best defensively either, landing the Magpies into trouble with his lapses in concentration in midfield. The Eagles need someone who can help create a powerful midfield pivot with Milivojevic, while also adding attacking flair. Unfortunately, Diame’s not such a dynamic player anymore, as he’ll make their midfield even more static.
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