Crystal Palace will be desperately hoping that they can convince Wilfried Zaha to remain at Selhurst Park this summer despite plenty of reports linking him with a transfer away from South London, but a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests they are exploring the possibility of adding to their squad this summer, rather than selling their crown jewel.
According to the report, Fulham have joined Palace in the race for Andre Schurrle this summer, with Borussia Dortmund willing to offload the former Chelsea ace before the window slams shut.
The links with a player of Schurrle’s prestige are bound to excite the Palace supporters ahead of the new season, but with interest intensifying for the 27-year-old they may be forced to turn their attention towards an alternative target if they fail in their pursuit.
And the same report claims that Palace already have an alternative lined up in the shape of West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, although they will have to pay £25 million to secure his services – a ridiculous fee even in the current economic climate.
First and foremost, the Palace hierarchy need to consider that their transfer activity will not only shape their success next season, but also their chances of convincing Zaha to remain at the club.
Signing a player of Schurrle’s reputation and rich experience in European football would represent a statement of intent from the club for the future, whereas Antonio’s arrival would merely represent a sideways step at best.
Antonio’s struggle with a handful of injury problems limited him to just 16 Premier League starts for West Ham last season and 5 appearances from the bench, and he only managed to score 3 goals and provide 1 assists from those appearances.
Sure, Antonio provides much more for the team than just goals and assists: versatility and an exemplary work-rate are two of his most distinctive qualities, but the Eagles will need far more than that if they wish to survive next season.
What Palace really need is a marque signing, such as Schurrle, who is capable of injecting a huge sense of optimism into the club ahead of the new season whilst simultaneously convincing Zaha that his career would best be served by staying at Selhurst Park.
At £25 million Antonio is grossly overpriced, so Palace must ensure that they don’t complete a panic buy from their Premier League rival and instead turn their attention towards an exciting talent who possesses the ability to make a genuine difference next season.
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