Before getting into the main body of this article, I feel it’s only right to highlight that this story comes from The Sun, meaning that there is a high chance that it’s complete and utter fantasy but according to the widely-hated tabloid, both Palace and West Ham are weighing up a move for Blackburn star Bradley Dack in January.
The 24-year-old Grenwich native was on the books of our south London neighbours Charlton Athletic as a youngster before going on to sign for Gillingham, where he first made his mark as a professional. Over the course of five seasons with the Gills, Bradley made some 185 appearances, scored 38 goals and was named the club’s Young Player of the Year three seasons running, alerting plenty of high-profile clubs to his presence in the process.
After rather a lot of hype, Dack left Priestfield for League One counterparts Blackburn Rovers at the start of the 2017-18 season, scoring 18 times in 45 appearances to help the former Premier League winners to promotion. Since making the step up to the Championship, Dack has continued to flourish, bagging 11 goals in 18 games this term, prompting scouts from the top flight to take a serious look at him.
I distinctly remember plenty of Palace fans imploring the club to explore the possibility of a move for Bradley prior to his move away from Gillingham; sadly the chances of us landing him for anything close to the £750,000 Rovers paid 18 months are long gone, with a figure of £20 million being thrown around by The Sun. Is it extortionate for a player with one half-season of good performances in the second tier? Yes. Would I blame Blackburn for demanding such a sum to sell a prized asset partway through the season? Not in the slightest.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Dack is a player full of potential. Whether or not he’s worth £20 million is another conversation entirely.