Crystal Palace: £10m Vieira target could be ‘complete player’ at Selhurst Park

Patrick Vieira taking charge of a Premier League game for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace target Ola Aina is a ‘complete player’ amid growing interest in his services from the Premier League, according to Italian football expert Conor Clancy.

The 25-year-old has impressed upon his return to Torino this season and has reportedly caught the eye of the Eagles’ hierarchy as they plot the next step of their evolution under Patrick Vieira.

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Aina is a product of Chelsea’s extremely fruitful academy system, but the defender only made six senior appearances for his boyhood club before moving on.

The Nigeria international enjoyed loan spells at Hully City and Torino before joining the Bulls on a permanent basis in July 2019, but he temporarily returned to English shores last term.

A 12-month stint with Fulham, which saw Aina play across the entire backline as well as in defensive midfield, ended in relegation yet boosted his reputation in the country of his birth.

Torino manager Ivan Juric has also made use of the 6 foot ace’s versatility, playing him at wing-back on both flanks throughout the current campaign.

And it seems as though Aina’s mastery of multiple positions has impressed those in charge at Selhurst Park, with Italian outlet Torino Granata claiming Palace are in pole position to secure his services.

What has Clancy said about Aina?

The report states that Aina has a price tag of around £10 million, and Clancy believes his is a ‘dangerous’ player who can cover many areas of the pitch.

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In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I quite like him going forward. I think he’s dangerous; he can do things.

“He’s maybe not technically the best player, but in terms of what he can cover and what he can do, he’s kind of a complete player.”

Do Palace need Aina?

Vieira decided not to replace the outgoing Patrick van Aanholt when he arrived in south London nearly 12 months ago, leaving Tyrick Mitchell as the only recognised left-back in the capital club’s first-team setup.

Teenager Tayo Adaramola has impressed, though, when given an opportunity but he may need to leave on loan to gain regular minutes at senior level.

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Meanwhile, right-back is perhaps an area of weakness for the Eagles. Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne are both in the twilight of their respective careers, and Nathan Ferguson has had an injury-ravaged two-year spell.

Aina could well be the answer to Palace’s full-back conundrums and solve two issues at once for Vieira.

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