Parish can land CPFC a bargain with “incredible” £7.2m-rated influential catalyst – opinion

Parish can land CPFC a bargain with “incredible” £7.2m-rated influential catalyst – opinion

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish could be about to deliver a transfer masterclass if recent reports ring true…

What’s the word?

According to The Star, Sheffield United will allow John Lundstram to leave Bramall Lane during the January transfer window after he refused to sign a contract extension with the Blades.

It’s claimed that Palace were among a number of top European clubs interested in signing the £7.2m-rated midfielder in the summer, along with fellow Premier League side Burnley and Scottish Premiership league leaders Glasgow Rangers.

The 26-year-old was born in Merseyside and is a lifelong Liverpool fan, although he started his career at Everton.

Bargain buy?

Let’s face it, Roy Hodgson is hardly short of midfield options, as he can call upon the services of James McArthur, James McCarthy, Max Meyer and club captain Luka Milivojevic from a full-strength squad, whilst even Jairo Riedewald, who at one stage seemed destined for the exit, has impressed in recent weeks.

However, an offer for Lundstram may be too tempting to ignore, as he has demonstrated that he is both comfortable on the ball and capable of conjuring something out of nothing.

The Liverpudlian made 34 appearances in the Premier League last season, scored five goals and supplied three assists, whilst he averaged 1.3 shots, 1.4 tackles, and 1.3 clearances per game, via WhoScored.

In contrast, both McArthur and McCarthy failed to find the back of the net in the top flight last term, whilst he managed more key passes per game than Meyer as well, as per WhoScored.

Meyer’s contract will run out in 2021, which would create space for Lundstram in South London if the 25-year-old leaves on a free transfer.

Once lauded as an “incredible” player by legendary Premier League striker Alan Shearer, Lundstram was described as an “influential catalyst” after he played a starring role in the U17s’ run to the European Championships semi-final in Serbia.

He is unlikely to cost too much given his contract is almost up and although the Eagles will in all likelihood face stiff competition from Burnley and Rangers, he is surely a considerable upgrade on the likes of McArthur, McCarthy and Meyer.

After all, it’s worth pointing out the ex-Hamilton pair aren’t getting any younger and there will soon come a time when Palace will have to revamp their aging squad by bringing in fresh faces. Get it done, Parish, before it’s too late.

AND in other news, Michy Batshuayi proves to be Crystal Palace’s weakest link vs Wolves

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