Crystal Palace could be about to deny Wilfried Zaha of a dream move to a big European club.
The Daily Mail reports the south London club have slapped a whopping £80m price tag on the head of the 26-year-old, a figure that is likely to make all interested parties baulk.
Should that not be the case, though, the same outlet suggests that, as well as Jack Grealish, Everton’s Ademola Lookman could also be targeted as someone who could come in and fill the void Zaha’s exit would leave.
And if that materialises, here are a couple of potential consequences that could follow.
Devastating Counter-Attacks At Selhurst Park
With no Zaha to call upon, Crystal Palace will need to be more reliant on counter-attacks.
The Ivory Coast international’s moments of brilliance and ability to conjure up something out of nothing has meant the above is not something the Eagles have had to solely rely on.
But without their wing wizard, that will probably have to change. And the signing of Lookman could be one that helps them have success with that adaptation.
On the opposite flank to Andros Townsend, Lookman has the pace to lead counter-attacks before fashioning out a chance for a team-mate or going for goal himself.
Roy Hodgson Becomes Glued To 4-4-2
This season, Roy Hodgson has used both 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formations at Crystal Palace.
And while the addition of a No.10 like Grealish, for example, could see the Eagles boss start to use a 4-2-3-1, it would also not be surprising to see him become wedded to a system with two wingers and two strikers if he ends up with Lookman instead.
Lookman is exactly the kind of player who will give Hodgson width and can deliver accurate balls into the box for forwards, making a 4-4-2 line up with him in the side a logical direction to go in.
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