Crystal Palace eased in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers.
The Eagles took an early lead after just eight minutes when Jeffrey Schlupp and their lead was doubled just before the interval. Max Meyer headed home their second to ensure progress to the last eight of the competition. The victory means that Palace have reached the quarter-final stage for the first time in 23 years.
Palace have never won the famous trophy and reaching Wembley would provide a massive boost to Roy Hodgson’s men. Ensuring their Premier League status will also be a priority as it would directly affect their summer transfer plans. The former England boss will aim to lessen the goalscoring burden on the shoulders of Wilfried Zaha when the window opens.
One man Hodgson should target is Everton youngster – Nikola Vlasic. Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, the Croatia international signed for the Toffees after impressing Ronald Koeman in the Europa League. Everton paid £9m to lure him to Merseyside but opportunities in the first-team were extremely limited.
Vlasic was loaned to CSKA Moscow in the summer with Marco Silva failing to find a place for him in his first-team plans. The 21-year-old has taken his opportunity with both hands and has impressed greatly in the Russian Premier League. Vlasic has scored seven goals and registered five assists in all competitions, proving to be a constant menace for defenders on the right wing.
Should Everton fail to offer him first-team football, the youngster could opt to depart. Palace would be the perfect home if Hodgson could convince him to move to Selhurst Park.
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