It seems Crystal Palace’s unorganised backline is the only concern for new manager Sam Allardyce. After bringing in two defenders in Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt, the English manager now wants more defensive reinforcements as they advance to the final half of the nightmarish season.
The Eagles have conceded 41 goals in 22 games so far in the league, averaging 1.87 goals conceded per game and the manager thinks it to be the crux of their problems. Although Palace have some really seasoned players in Scott Dann, James Tomkins and Martin Kelly in their backline, what Allardyce is looking for is a defensive leader, who can orchestrate the game from the deep.
Palace have won only 50% of their average duels, which points out to their unorganised defending. And as per ESPN FC, the former England manager is eyeing a shocking move for former Juventus defender Martin Caceres.
The Uruguay international was released by the Serie A giants last summer after an injury-troubled season at the club that stalled his career. The 29-year-old centre-half is still a free agent after refusing numerous clubs last summer. However, Palace are now keen to offer him the chance to play in the Premier League.
Allardyce has now been the manager at Selhurst Park for over a month and is yet to win a Premier League game with the club. He considers Caceres’ wealth of experience and ability to play almost anywhere at the back a worthy addition to his side for the remainder of the season.
The Uruguayan is known for his tremendous athleticism and strong physique and as someone who could outmuscle any opponent. His speed both on and off the ball is marvellous and he will undoubtedly be a level up for Palace’s defence who are short on quality.
A youth product of Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting Club, Caceres has played in some of the biggest clubs across Europe like Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus. Since making his debut for the national team back in 2007, he has earned 69 caps and scored 3 goals. He has been a regular in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League football and Palace will have a top-level defender if they manage to land him.
Reportedly, Caceres is now set to link up with Palace for training so that Allardyce can assess his fitness levels before deciding whether to offer him a short-term deal at the club. At 29, Caceres still has a good few years left in his footballing career.
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