This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings, and more…
QPR striker Lyndon Dykes is a player in demand and Crystal Palace are one of the sides linked.
As per TEAMtalk, Dykes is drawing attention from a string of teams including Palace, Bournemouth, Burnley, Norwich City, Newcastle United, amd Rangers.
But would he be a good signing for Palace? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
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It’s hard not to like Dykes and the way he’s taken on the job at hand with Queens Park Rangers.
However, he just doesn’t feel like a ‘Crystal Palace signing’ with the direction the Eagles are now heading in under Patrick Vieira.
Dykes just doesn’t feel like a player that fits in with what Vieira wants from Palace, with someone like Eddie Nketiah a far better fit and someone else that’s been linked this window.
For me, Dykes is in a good place right now, playing in a QPR side that are pushing in the right direction.
There’s not much need to leave, particularly for a project that doesn’t quite fit his style of play.
I can’t make my mind up on this one.
Palace have some good attacking forwards already and I find it hard to argue the case that Dykes would get in ahead of them and be playing week in, week out, which is what he will be wanting if he does leave QPR.
He provides a different sort of option to a lot of what Palace have up front and he is a more mobile version than Christian Benteke but then I just wonder whether Patrick Vieira really wants to use that sort of forward as much as Roy Hodgson did.
I personally think there are better options for the Eagles and for Dykes for that matter.
Palace seem to have a decent record of recruiting players from the Championship, with Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze both performing well since their respective moves from the second tier.
However, QPR are able to hold out for a decent fee considering his contract at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, so they must be careful not to pay over the odds for his signature.
Playing both as a lone man and in a two under Mark Warburton, these different styles may have gone a long way in adding to the Scotland international’s skill set, something that will be attractive to Patrick Vieira.
And considering they have the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Christian Benteke to step in, it doesn’t matter straight away if Dykes struggles to become accustomed to life in the Premier League.
In the end though, whether Palace pursue him could depend on the future of Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has been linked with an early exit from Selhurst Park exit recently.