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Parish is reportedly about to make a truly 'frightening' signing for Crystal Palace - TBR View

Crystal Palace are closing in on a “frightening” signing, according to reports.

The Athletic claims the Eagles are set to land Michael Olise, having agreed a deal for the Reading midfielder.

If the report is true, then Palace fans should be buzzing about Olise coming to Selhurst Park, because he’s a top player.

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Olise is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in English football at present.


Last season he made 44 Championship appearances for the Royals, bagging seven goals and 12 assists.

Olise’s efforts saw him nominated for the EFL Young Player of the Season award.

A strong dribbler with an eye for a through-ball, he was the primary creator for his team last term.

According to a report in The Sun from January, Leeds were eyeing the 19-year-old last season.

Meanwhile, a December report in The Athletic claimed Tottenham had been watching him for some time.

So already there’s the element that Palace may have beaten Premier League competition for Olise’s signature.

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“Looks a million dollars”

In February, Reading legend Stephen Hunt waxed lyrical about the France youth international.

Admittedly, he also suggested he’s still got some improvements to make, but given he’s a teenager, that goes without saying.

“Olise looks so good – when he’s on point he looks a million dollars,” Hunt told Get Reading.

“But when he’s off it, you want to shake him because he has so much ability.

“He was released by Chelsea I think so it’s time to grow up now and get a hold of his game.

“The ability he has is frightening – he’s better than Bobby Convey, Glenn Little, John Salako, Gilkesy… he’s got more ability than any of them.

“But has he got the brain and heart to go and prove over the next 15 years of his career? I apply pressure on him because he’s got the ability to do it.”

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