Crystal Palace are reportedly confident that they will be able to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Nathan Ferguson in the summer, according to the Express and Star.
They tried to sign the defender in the January transfer window for around £11 million, however during his medical, the club noticed he had a slight knee injury so decided to pull out of the deal.
Since then, Ferguson has had knee surgery and with his contract at the Baggies expiring in the summer, via Express and Star, Roy Hodgson’s side are believed to be at the front of the line capture him in the summer. West Brom would be entitled to compensation for the player, but Palace might be able to get him for a cheaper price than agreed in January.
The South London side lost star right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer after Manchester United signed him for £49.50 million, per Transfermarkt. This brought Joel Ward back into the side but left Hodgson with no real cover for the position and the Eagles have now gone the majority of a whole season with only one natural right-back.
If you compare the two defensively, via WhoScored, the West Brom full-back has managed an impressive 2.4 tackles per game, compared to Ward’s 1.8, but the Palace player manages more interceptions and clearances per game. However, at Ferguson’s young age, there is a lot of potential for growth.
Indeed, the Eagles last three games have seen them keep three clean sheets, via BBC Sport, highlighting how good Hodgson is at building a strong defensive side, potentially Ferguson as part of a unit.
There is also a different element that the transfer could bring to the side, and that is an attacking intent, as he manages 1.5 successful dribbles per game compared to Ward’s 0.3. A defender down the right side who can push forward might be the perfect partner for right-winger Jordan Ayew.
Indeed, Ayew’s eight goals this season have picked up 17 points for the Eagles, via Citisports, and Ferguson could possibly give the Ghanian more freedom as he joins the attacks to draw defenders off the forward.
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