Crystal Palace

TT Battle: Victor Moses vs Andros Townsend

Crystal Palace look certain to strengthen their squad in more than one area during the current transfer window as they attempt to avoid the drop this season.

And one of those areas appears to be out wide with the Evening Standard reporting the south London club will look to sign their former man Victor Moses from Chelsea for around £12m, though they face competition from Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

With that in mind, how does Moses compare to one of Crystal Palace’s current wingers, Andros Townsend?

Victor Moses

After two solid seasons in the Chelsea starting XI under Antonio Conte where he helped the Blues win the Premier League and FA Cup, Moses has since found himself on the periphery following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri’s decision to switch Chelsea from a back three to a back four has seen the right-wing back role become obsolete, leaving Moses without somewhere to play given that the ex-Napoli boss does not see the 28-year-old as a right fit for either the full-back or wing positions in his system.

That, however, does not mean Moses has nothing to offer to another Premier League outfit such as Crystal Palace.

The former Nigeria international is still quick, can dribble past defenders on either side and, thanks to the tutelage of Conte, has become very effective when it comes to defending in 1v1 situations.

All things considered, the Eagles could certainly do worse than bringing in Moses this month.

TT Grade: C+

Andros Townsend

One of the few creative outlets in this Crystal Palace team, Townsend has really come into life in recent weeks with his incredible strike in his side’s shock 3-2 win away at Manchester City epitomising the sort of form he is in.

The challenge now for the 27-year-old is to maintain the standard he is playing at after years of being a very inconsistent performer.

And with the ability Townsend has, there is no reason why he cannot accomplish the above.

The ex-Tottenham player has the pace, dribbling skill and shooting ability to be a constant threat for the Eagles and ease some pressure off Wilfried Zaha.

TT Grade: B-

TT Verdict:

Roy Hodgson adding Moses to his Crystal Palace squad would be a very shrewd move. The Chelsea outcast has the skill set to give the Eagles a bit more flair and spark in the final third.

And while someone like Townsend is probably technically better, the addition of Moses would provide the England international with some serious competition, which should prompt him into raising his game to another level.

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