With news circulating of Palace’s apparent interest in Gillingham’s Bradley Dack, we have scoured the internet (checked YouTube) for a taste of what the 22-year-old would bring to the Palace side if we do in fact sign him this summer, and we like what we’ve found.
You could suggest that anyone who is given the honour of winning the Player Of The Year award in their respective division has a fair bit about their game, but in Dack, Gillingham have a player who appears at his most comfortable when thrown straight into the thick of the action.
Reminiscent in looks to Burnley’s George Boyd thanks to his shoulder-length brown locks, Bradley is shows via the video above to be a surprisingly combative influence in the Gills midfield, more than happy to get his hands dirty whilst still maintaining an air of quality when afforded time with the ball at his feet.
Clearly happy to shoot when faced with a goalscoring opportunity from distance, Dack is also proven to be commendable unselfish when a better placed teammate makes themselves available for a pass inside the penalty area. In a number of ways, he’s exactly the sort of rough diamond that Palace have long prided ourselves on polishing.
Perfectly happy to take over set-piece duties from both free-kicks and penalties, his delivery into the penalty area from 30-35 yards is shown to be remarkably accurate, leading anyone who understands the game to realise why he has just been bestowed with the honour of League One’s Player Of The Year.
He may not be a big name signing in the same style as Yohan Cabaye, but I certainly wouldn’t be complaining if we got a deal tied up for him over the next few weeks. At just 22, there appears to be plenty of scope for further improvement in his game within the next few years.