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Crystal Palace are among a plethora of Premier League sides keeping tabs on Reading centre-back Liam Moore ahead of the January transfer window, as per TEAMTalk.
Moore, 27, has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2020/21 Championship season, contributing to the Royals’ stellar start to the season which sees them sit top of the table, having conceded just one goal in seven league matches.
The former Leicester City academy graduate’s performances are receiving plenty of plaudits, and his consistent, commanding displays have seen interest mount.
So, from a Palace perspective, would Moore be a good addition? Does the 27-year-old have the credentials to make the step up?
The team here at FLW discuss….
This would be another exciting capture for the Eagles.
Palace have shown faith in some of the EFL’s finest up and coming players in the past year, with Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson arriving at Selhurst Park from QPR and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Moore is slightly different to the aforementioned duo in the sense that he’s older and has played a lot more games, but he will be looking to prove himself in the Premier League after establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Moore is a leader and he has been a key player for Reading for a number of seasons now. He’s commanding and dominant in the air, but he’s also excellent at playing the ball out from the back.
Palace are a side who are looking to break into the top-half of the Premier League this term, and the club would suit Moore’s ambitions at this moment in time.
Adding another defender might not be a bad idea for Palace with Kouyate having to fill in there at the moment as a makeshift defender.
He’s a player of talent and one that has been linked with the Premier League in the past, as well as the likes of Celtic.
There is obvious quality there, then, and he has likely reminded a few clubs of what he has got with the way Reading have started the season.
That said, if they are still in the promotion picture in January, he will be hard to get as the Royals will be fighting hard to keep hold of him.
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You can understand their thinking behind this one.
Moore has impressed with Reading in the early stages of this year’s league campaign in the Championship, with the defender being part of a team that has only conceded one goal in their opening seven matches.
But he did struggle last season with the Royals, so I’m not sure that he’s justified a move to the Premier League just yet.
That’s not to say that he couldn’t perform to a high standard in the top-flight though, as I think he’d be more than capable of challenging for a spot in the starting XI with Crystal Palace.
Additional depth in defence is never a bad thing to have for any manager, and I’m sure Roy Hodgson could work Moore into his plans if they signed him.
But I think Moore’s development is best-served with Reading for the remainder of this year’s campaign, as they look to challenge for promotion into the Premier League.