Crystal Palace scouts have been regularly spotted over in Portugal watching FC Porto matches so far this season and after some initial uncertainty over the who exactly they’ve been keeping an eye on, it now looks close to certain that it’s midfielder Hector Herrera.
The 28-year-old Mexican has been a star at domestic and international level for a fair few years now and is consequently being tracked by a vast number of clubs with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season. Clearly, his talents have impressed Palace, who have had representatives watching him in recent home games against Tondela and Galatasaray, in which he has been one of the side’s better performers.
Having failed in their attempts to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek over the summer, Palace strengthened their midfield with the additions of Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyaté but as of yet, Roy Hodgson has failed to integrate either man into a regular starting role in the team, with the likes of McArthur, Milivojevic and Schlupp all making regular starts instead.
It’s a conundrum which has led to plenty of dropped points against some of the division’s weaker outfits and left fans wondering about the tactical philosophies we’ve adopted since the season got underway back in August. There’s a good chance that Herrera’s dynamism and experience is seen as the perfect antidote to our problems but with such a solid reputation across the continent we may struggle to convince him to make the switch to Selhurst Park.
The financial incentive that comes with signing a player on a free transfer is there for all to see, meaning the number of potential suitors is bound to be high. If we are serious about bringing someone of Herrera’s quality on board, we would have to be convincing his representatives of our interest now in a bid to build up a relationship prior to the fight that is sure to erupt over his signature next summer.
Do we stand a chance? Only time will tell.