According to a report in The Mirror (I know) both Crystal Palace and Huddersfield are tracking the progress of FC Groningen star Ajdin Hrustic ahead of the January transfer window.
You can be forgiven for not having the foggiest idea who that is on first reading but I dare say, once you’ve read into the 22-year-old’s career to date, you won’t be against the idea of Roy Hodgson and co. making a move for him in the New Year sales.
Born in Melbourne, Australia Ajdin has already been on the books at plenty of club’s despite his tender age. Having kicked around Aussie youth football from the age of eight, he made the switch to Nottingham Forest at 14, before moving to Austria Wien and Schalke at 15 and 16 respectively before joining Groningen in 2014.
Thankfully for him, his latest move has seen him flourish, breaking into the Dutch outfit’s first-team during the 2016-17 season and never looking back. Now an established member of the starting XI, it seems he’s creating quite a stir, prompting both ourselves and the Terriers to take an active interest in his progress.
Plenty of Palace fans are quite rightly desperate for those behind the scenes to address the lack of a proven goal-scorer ahead of anything else in January but some additional depth in wide areas certainly wouldn’t go amiss from my personal perspective. Ever since Bakary Sako decided not to renew his contract in SE25, we’ve looked a tad short on the flanks, with an injury to either Zaha or Townsend leaving us with a major hole to fill.
With that in mind, a deal for Hrustic may well make sense, giving us extra cover at a price which is unlikely to break the bank. There is always a chance that stories like this have simply been plucked from thin air by a paper like The Mirror but on the face of things, it does seem to make a degree of sense.
I’ll keep an eye out for any further reports regarding the youngster in the next few weeks.