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…
Crystal Palace have joined West Ham United in the race to sign Derby central midfielder Jason Knight.
Reports from the Irish Mirror have linked the Eagles with a move for the 19-year-old after an excellent first half of the season with Derby County.
But would the starlet be a good signing for Roy Hodgson’s side?
The team at FLW have their say…
Is he going to play every week? Probably not, but I think at Palace he is more likely to get a chance to force his way into the first-team than at a lot of Premier League clubs.
The Eagles are obviously well known for bringing through young players and they’re also clearly looking to the Championship for signings, look at the success Ebere Eze is having.
I think it’s a good signing and certainly one in the coming seasons that could begin to pay off for them.
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This would be a move that would fit into Palace’s recent transfer strategy of harvesting youngsters from the EFL.
As we have seen in the case of Ebere Eze, Selhurst Park is providing a good platform for these players to take their game to the next level and for that reason Knight would surely view this as a decent career move.
He has shown in recent weeks that he can be relied on when the going gets tough and is improving ten fold under Wayne Rooney’s management.
Whether he is ready for the step up to the Premier League yet is another story entirely, so for now I would say that staying put at Pride Park is his best option for now.
You can see why.
Knight is a clever central midfielder who has the perfect balance of aggression but with a composed passing skill-set.
The 19-year-old is adept both offensively and defensively this term and has thrived in a box-to-box role for the Rams this campaign, a role that is arguably the best fit for him.
He’s featured in all 24 of Derby’s games this season which just showcases how much he is liked and respected at the east Midlands outfit.
Palace could do with refreshing their ageing central midfield department and Knight could provide an excellent long-term solution for the Eagles moving forward.
Yes, there are still some raw tendencies to his game, but once ironed out, Knight has the world at his feet.