Earlier this summer reports from France Football linked midfielder Yann M’Vila with a move to Crystal Palace and, after Yohan Cabaye’s departure, there have been more links between the two parties, per Foot Mercato.
M’Vila would be an upgrade on Cabaye at Selhurst Park, as the midfielder is a combative deep-lying presence who also possesses superb vision.
The 28-year-old has been capped 22 times by France, an impressive accolade that reveals his quality amid a star-studded national team.
M’Vila featured prominently during Les Bleus’ Euro 2012 campaign and, although his last cap came at that tournament, his international record nevertheless reveals his quality.
A largely unsettled career followed his eye-catching spell at Rennes, as M’Vila bounced around Europe at clubs such as Inter Milan, Saint Etienne, and Rubin Kazan.
But while at Sunderland on loan in 2015/16, M’Vila enjoyed a stellar season, earning him the respect of the Black Cats faithful while keeping the club in the Premier League.
The Frenchman made played in every league match but one for Sunderland, scoring one tremendous free-kick and assisting five additional goals as he was integral in steering the Mackems to safety.
“[M’Vila] reads the game like Makélélé, has the presence of Vieira and can pass the ball like Yaya Touré.”
– former Rennes manager, Frederic Antonetti.
Although Sunderland failed to bring him back the following season, that decision was due to Ellis Short’s incompetence and many fans wanted him to return to the Stadium of Light.
His influential season in England is a good sign for Palace supporters, showing he can cut it in the Premier League and can operate effectively in difficult circumstances.
Surrounded by players of a higher quality at Selhurst Park, the Frenchman will thrive and provide Roy Hodgson’s side with an ideal mix of steel and panache in the centre of the park.
Crystal Palace should welcome M’Vila’s unique set of skills, which would represent an upgrade to their other departing French midfielder, Yohan Cabaye.