Palace Scouts Head To France To Watch 19-Year-Old Central Defender

1 Posted by - March 8, 2016 - News

Crystal Palace’s lack of activity during the January transfer window caused a great deal of frustration across south London, but it seems as though the club may well be prepping deals for the summer as we speak. 

This article has all the details of Palace’s supposed scouting mission to France last week. Let’s hope there are plenty more trips planned.

Whilst a great deal of focus will always be placed on attacking reinforcements by supporters, few would argue that we are in desperate need of greater strength in depth defensively as we head into the 2016/17 campaign, which makes the story attached above an extremely comforting one. 

The centre-back in question, a certain Issa Diop stands at an imposing 6’4 despite being just 19 years of age and has supposedly caught the eye of plenty in French football during his first few appearances for Toulouse. With Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland both now well on the wrong side of 30, it’s a possible deal that makes a great deal of sense at first glance. 

Unlike some of the more glitzy names that clubs have been linked with from Ligue One in recent seasons, Diop looks to be a player who would be signed for his potential improvement, rather than a sense of well honed quality, but on the face of things, it’s good to see the club being linked with this sort of transfer as early as March. 

Given the vast amount of football that is now shown on British TV from across Europe, there is every chance that you’ll see Diop pop up on your screens between now and the end of the season; if you do, pay close attention, he may just be playing in red and blue by August. 

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  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh March 8, 2016 - 5:11 pm Reply

    The recent run of form has shown that when Damo is out of form/ declining with age, we have no one to partner Dann. Brede is too slow, Mapps too small/not favoured and Kelly hasn’t seemed to have been selected there, probably because he is too brittle.

    I’d rather take a punt on Luke Croll or Ben Wynter then keep playing Damo when he is so out of form. Pards doesn’t seem to grasp that sometimes a rest and kick up the arse can be good for the player in the long run.

    • admin March 8, 2016 - 5:26 pm Reply

      I think we’ll sign at least two CB’s this summer.

      We need to in all honesty.

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