Ex-Spurs Man Could Be Set For Premier League Breakthrough At Palace

0 Posted by - May 29, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace youngster Nya Kirby has rounded off an extremely successful week by scoring his second goal in as many games for England U18s out in China; with some of his former coaches at Tottenham Hotspur likely to be left wondering if they’ve allowed a top-class talent to slip through their fingers.

Still just 18, Nya has been making waves ever since leaving Spurs for SE25 and will now be holding out hope making the step up to Roy Hodgson’s first-team at some stage of the 2018/19 campaign. Having scored a penalty in England’s 2-2 draw with Uruguay last Wednesday, the central midfielder managed to bag the winner against Hungary on Sunday too.

Indeed, international success isn’t new to Nya despite his tender age. Having played a key role in England U17 side that won the World Cup in October, he’s proving to be quite the headline maker, leading Palace fans to wonder when he’ll be given the chance to impress in the Premier League. Of course, the centre of midfield is a notoriously competitive part of any side but until now, Kirby has taken each and every challenge presented to him in his stride.

Having been a part of the Tottenham academy set-up for many years, he eventually made the switch to Palace in early 2017 and has since been involved in the club’s pre-season tour of Asia alongside earning a place on the bench against his former employers for the Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park.

Whilst Nya is yet to actually take part in a top flight clash, the gaffer probably isn’t far away from feeling as though he can throw him in when needed, with performances like those he’s put in over the last week or so only likely to further impress the former England boss. Should his form continue in pre-season, we could well see Kirby being a regular face on the Palace bench from August onwards, with opportunities coming his way as and when it is deemed appropriate.

For all his potential, it’s important to remember that players of Nya’s age must be used sparingly at the beginning of their professional career but for now, all the signs point towards the 18-year-old having an extremely bright future in red and blue.

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  • Gordon May 29, 2018 - 8:59 am Reply

    I’ve been singing Nya’s praises since seeing some YouTube videos of him playing for England under 18s last year. He seemed to me to have awareness, vision, pace, confidence with ball at his feet and accurate passing. He looked a little slight in build, but if he could muscle up like Wilf has done I could see him becoming a key part of our team as a playmaker.
    If I remember it right, he was briefly at Chelsea after Spurs, so we were lucky enough to spirit him away from 2 clubs renowned for hoovering up young talent.
    I hope Roy has his eye on Nya and will give him a chance soon. Whilst youngsters generally need to be developed gradually, I’m a believer in the philosophy that “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough”.

    • Nathan Taylor-Warnock May 29, 2018 - 9:03 am Reply

      He wanted to move to Chelsea but Spurs blocked him from doing so.
      Palace then swooped in to pinch him.
      A small victory after that traitor Bostock

      • Gordon May 30, 2018 - 2:29 am Reply

        I often wonder about young Bostock and how good he might have been if he’d stayed. Since leaving Spurs he’s hit rock bottom. How can a young prospect suddenly be dead meat? Can talent be lost that quickly and forever? He’s still young and – as Dan has conjectured – he might still have a future in football. After all this time I wouldn’t hold a grudge against him. Let’s face it, he was 16 or 17 and was advised – or should I say misadvised – by his Dad.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh May 29, 2018 - 10:46 am Reply

    If Cabeye does stay then it would be nice to see if Kirby could be used as a sub for him when Cabeye fades around 60mins into the game. Whilst Kirby doesn’t have the same defensive abilities as Cabeye he does have good passing and ball control – very similar to Loftus-Cheek.

    After Wan-Bissaka’s breakout last season it would be nice to see more of that successful u23/u18 cohort be given a chance to impress.

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