Crystal Palace Linked With Dutch Full-back: Is De Boer Doing The Right Thing?

If reports are to be believed, Frank de Boer is planning a reunion with Gregory Van der Wiel. The Eagles have been pretty quiet in the transfer market till now having only sanctioned the signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea.

De Boer has been handed the reins after Sam Allardyce decided to leave the club after guiding them to a very decent position. Big Sam’s decision to quit the Selhurst Park left the club hierarchy reeling.

After de Boer’s appointment, it was expected that a number of his favourite players could be seen wearing the Palace jersey next season. Wiel is an Ajax Academy product and spent a significant amount of his career at the Dutch club.

He moved to France to try his luck in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain. The Dutchman had a pretty blistering spell at the Parc de Princes as he went on to lift the French title four times.

His excellent display flattered Turkish side Fenerbahce who signed him last year. But unlike the other spells, his time in Turkey was not that much successful. He managed a mere 17 appearances last season but de Boer wants to bring the player to give him a chance to shine.

Boer is destined to make some change in the squad.  He is expected to deploy a more possession based attacking style as Palace are gearing up for next season. Boer deployed a three-man back in the 2-0 defeat at the hand of Liverpool recently.

It means there is a huge possibility the coach might opt to jump in with the new trend and if he does that, he will have the need of a right wing back. The 29-year-old defender would give the gaffer a number of options to ponder upon.

Wing-backs need to operate pretty fluently as they do have to maintain a balance with their approach to the game. The 29-year-old would provide a combination of creativity and defend which is very rare these days.

Joel Ward is currently the first choice right-back but the defender was seen playing in a more central role so there would be enough room for him to clinch a berth in the team.

The Dutch international has a contract with the Turkish club till 2020 but it shouldn’t be a problem for the Eagles who have the cash in their reserves and are yet to invest heavily.

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