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 target Michael Olise is reportedly likely to leave Reading in January.
The 19-year-old midfielder has been fantastic this season, scoring four times and adding seven assists, but, according to Football Insider, he could be on the move in the winter transfer window.
But would he be a good signing for Palace? And is he ready to make an impact?
Our FLW writers give their thoughts…
I can understand their thinking behind this potential deal.
Olise has shown that he can perform to a high standard in the Championship whilst with Reading, and I’m not surprised to hear that he’s attracting interest from Premier League clubs ahead of the January transfer window.
Crystal Palace already have players that can create chances going forward, with Wilfried Zaha being their main threat.
But we’ve already seen Roy Hodgson throw Ebere Eze straight into the starting XI after playing Championship football with QPR, so it could be a similar story for Olise.
He’ll be wanting to play regular football wherever he goes, and a move to Selhurst Park could present him with the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Have any of these 22 players ever been in Reading’s academy?
He would be a great addition for Palace and would really fit into the club’s new found ethos of harvesting young talent.
They have been dying out for a number ten for years now and Olise would certainly give them some much-needed quality in that position.
Whether he would be ready to make the step up to Premier League level yet is another matter entirely as he is still very young.
However, Roy Hodgson is an experienced boss at the top level and for that reason, I believe he could nurture Olise into a star if he did indeed make the move to Selhurst Park.
I’m not surprised in the slightest that Palace are keen.
The Eagles have a history of utilising the market in the EFL for talent, and their acquisition of Ebere Eze in the summer is already proving an astute bit of business.
Olise is a classy operator who is becoming one of the EFL’s most prized assets, with his variety of qualities suggesting that he has the credentials to cut it in the top-flight.
The player is a fantastic dribbler and has a wicked left-foot which is capable of scoring from long-range shots, whilst he has a very good eye for a pass and has showcased his creative ability several times for the Royals this season.
As for Palace, you do wonder where Olise immediately fits in, but with the Frenchman being just 19, he has plenty of time to mature and develop.
Able to operate on either flank or centrally, he’d provide Palace with a very useful option in the final third. In truth, I think this would be a signing that any top-flight club would be lucky to get.