Crystal Palace are in the market for a new central midfielder this summer.
The Eagles have been extremely quiet during the window making just one signing so far – the free transfer of goalkeeper Vincente Guaita from Getafe. Influential midfielder, Yohan Cabaye, has left the club this summer and Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also returned to parent club Chelsea leaving Palace short on midfield options. Roy Hodgson will be disappointed that Wilfried Zaha still wants to leave the club.
Hodgson will face a huge task to save the Eagles from relegation if they don’t splash the cash in the summer window. The newly promoted clubs have spent huge sums of money to strengthen their squad and Palace are in danger of being left behind. With just two weeks left, time is running out.
One option Hodgson should consider is Chelsea outcast – Danny Drinkwater. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the Englishman joined the club last summer in a £34m move from Leicester after impressing during their memorable title victory. His time with the Blues has been a disaster – he started just five Premier League games last year.
Moving to Selhurst Park could be just what Drinkwater needs to revive his career. Perfectly suited to a deep-lying midfield role, Drinkwater would bring the best out of Zaha if he stays at the club. His excellent range of passing would no doubt improve the Palace midfield. His ability to unlock defences could be pivotal to their bid for survival.
On a permanent deal or on loan, Palace need to make signing the 28-year-old a priority this summer.
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