Is Olise a good signing for Palace?
Olise certainly looks to have a lot of potential, as his performances last season earned him the EFL Young Player of the Season award. Thus, to sign him for a measly price tag could represent great business by the Eagles if he can perform in the Premier League.
In the Championship last season, the teenage winger would appear in 44 out of 46 Reading fixtures, contributing an impressive seven goals and 12 assists, which earned him a superb average rating of 7.06/10 from WhoScored.
Only Wilfried Zaha (11) and Christian Benteke (10) would score more goals than that for Palace last year, whilst Olise’s 12 assists represent double that of any Palace player, with Zaha registering just six assists across the Premier League campaign.
This immediately suggests that he can add a real attacking impetus to Vieira’s side ahead of next season, something which they lacked on a number of occasions last season, as they managed just 41 goals in 38 top-flight fixtures.
What was said about his signing?
Vieira certainly seems excited about the prospect of having Olise in his squad for next season, as he said:
“We have the tools in our football club to make him a better player, and we’ve known him quite well because he’s a player the football club have been following for a long time. I think it is important to refresh the squad, to bring some new faces, to bring young talent here, and this is a really good signing for us.”
Meanwhile, chairman Steve Parish also shared his enthusiasm with the signing of the teenage winger, saying:
“I’m delighted that Michael has joined us at Crystal Palace. We have been monitoring him extremely closely for an extended period of time, and have been impressed by his consistent performances for Reading at such a young age.
“He clearly has an abundance of talent that I’m sure will excite all of our supporters, and clearly shows our direction of travel for this window.”
Palace had the oldest squad in the Premier League last season, so it is good to see them bringing in quality young talents such as Olise and Eberechi Eze, which will hopefully represent a new era under Vieira after there were signs of things going stale under Roy Hodgson at times last season.
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