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Extending Yohan Cabaye’s contract must be a summer priority for Crystal Palace

The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Max Cohen

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Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s contract is set to expire this summer, but reports in the Independent claim Palace are eager to extend the Frenchman’s stay at Selhurst Park.

These are encouraging signs for the Palace faithful, as keeping hold of the influential French international must be a top summer priority in SE25.

The central midfielder joined the Eagles from Paris Saint Germain in 2015 for £10 million, representing the club’s record signing.

And in the following seasons, Cabaye has been excellent in the centre of the park, offering defensive grit along with composed passing.

This season, Cabaye has been one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders, excelling while protecting the Palace back four.

The Frenchman has made the second-most interceptions of any player in the English top flight, recording a remarkable 79 interceptions this season.

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Cabaye’s tally is just six behind his compatriot N’Golo Kante, yet the Palace man unfairly gets far less praise for his ability to break up play.

This vital aspect of the Frenchman’s game is what makes him so integral to Crystal Palace’s success; it is clear Roy Hodgson must keep Cabaye at Selhurst Park this summer.

Although there have been questions asked over the midfielder’s age, the 32-year-old can undoubtedly still play at the Premier League level for numerous seasons to come.

Manager Roy Hodgson has publicly applauded Cabaye’s impressive contributions to the club, recognising it may be difficult to keep the Frenchman at Selhurst Park.

“He’s one of the players that we owe a debt of gratitude to this season because without them we wouldn’t be where we are,” Hodgson told the Independent.

“It’ll be a question of how his negotiations go with the club; he’s a really good quality player. He will have other options on the table because players of his quality get offers.”

Yet despite anticipated interest from elsewhere, Crystal Palace must secure Yohan Cabaye’s future and extend the contract of their midfield mainstay.

Max is an 18-year-old football journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football, is an avid follower of Fulham, and co-hosts a weekly Fulham podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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World Cup winner Andre Schurrle would be a marquee signing for Crystal Palace

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Reports in the Italian media from Calciomercato have linked Borussia Dortmund attacker Andre Schurrle with a summer move to Crystal Palace.

Although the German international has endured a disappointing season at Dortmund, a move to Crystal Palace would be a fantastic way to revive his career in England and bolster Palace’s attack.

The 27-year-old is a versatile player and can feature as either a left-winger, centre forward, or a central attacking midfielder.

This past season, Schurrle was hard-hit by injuries and made just eleven Bundesliga starts. In those limited appearances the German contributed six assists, but only notched a single goal.

The ex-Chelsea man certainly has the quality to succeed in the Premier League, as he contributed eight goals and two assists in his one full season at Stamford Bridge.

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Those numbers came from just 15 starts; imagine what the attacker could do if he was handed a starting spot and was given the confidence boost of regular playing time.

A move to Selhurst Park would undoubtedly provide Schurrle an outlet to play consistently, as the Eagles are in need of a top-quality goalscorer who can fill the centre-forward position.

In addition, a player of Schurrle’s immense experience would be welcomed by Roy Hodgson in SE25.

The 27-year-old has 52 European appearances to his name, starring in both the Champions League and Europe League, as well as a glittering international record that includes 22 goals and a World Cup medal.

Under the management of Hodgson and playing alongside exciting attacking talents like Wilfried Zaha, Andre Schurrle would thrive at Selhurst Park in an ascendant Crystal Palace side.

The transfer to south London would benefit all parties involved, giving the German a second chance at success in England and granting Palace the services of an experienced European attacker.

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Crystal Palace should resist the signing of Stoke midfielder Joe Allen

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Reports this week in The Guardian suggested that Crystal Palace have registered interest in signing Joe Allen following Stoke City’s relegation.

Further reports in The Sun claimed the Potters are seeking £20 million for the Welsh international, a hefty price tag that should deter Palace, as they already have sufficient options in the centre of midfield.

During the 2017/18 campaign, Yohan Cabaye, Luka Milivojevic, and James McArthur have all been excellent for the south Londoners.

Between the three, the midfielders have contributed 15 goals and three assists in the Premier League- impressive numbers considering Palace’s goal-shy start to the season under Frank de Boer.

In addition, Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a commanding presence in midfield at Selhurst Park. Even though injury hampered his year, the Englishman left his mark at Palace and should be targeted for a permanent deal this year.

(during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

It is clear that the Eagles have a wealth of options in the centre of the park, and their midfield repertoire was given a boost this week when the Evening Standard reported the club was confident that Cabaye would sign a new contract this summer.

With the influential Frenchman securing his future at Selhurst Park, there is simply no need for the services of Joe Allen in SE25.

Add in the Welshman’s exorbitant £20 million price-tag (which is £7 million more than Palace paid for Cabaye in 2015), it would be a foolish decision for Roy Hodgson to buy the midfielder.

Crystal Palace should resist the urge to splurge for Joe Allen, as money would be best spent on purchasing a top-class striker rather than bolstering an already-impressive midfield.

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Ryan Fredericks would be perfect for Crystal Palace if Fulham lose at Wembley

The 25-year-old has earned praise for his performances throughout the season.

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Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks is just days away from the biggest game of his career and yet the 25-year-old is still being linked with a move away from Craven Cottage.

According to the Evening Standard, the 25-year-old has emerged as a target for Crystal Palace as the Englishman reaches the end of his Cottagers contract.

The former Tottenham prospect helped his current side reach the play-off final last week. However, if the Cottagers are to miss out at Wembley then he may be tempted to consider offers from the top-flight.

The full-back is still yet to sign a new deal and after 47 appearances and an impressive seven assists this season, he has quickly has emerged as one of the hottest properties in the EFL Championship.

After making the PFA Championship Team of the Year, Fredericks remains one of Slavisa Jokanovic’s most important players and if they are to fall short at the final hurdle then Crystal Palace would be the perfect destination for the right-back to play in England’s top flight.

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With Joel Ward likely to leave Selhurst Park next month and, despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka performing well since making the jump from the academy, Fredericks could be a long-term addition at full-back. With his contract soon up at Craven Cottage, he could be one of the bargains of the summer window.

Roy Hodgson and his sporting director Dougie Freedman were even in attendance as Fulham beat Derby 2-0 on Monday to set up the showdown with Steve Bruce’s Villa, which will have sparked the former England international’s attention.

Fredericks started his career in north London with Tottenham Hotspur, progressing through the club’s academy system before signing a professional contract in 2010.

However, an exit from the Lilywhites and a number of loan moves left the young full-back frustrated with game time and it was fellow London side Fulham who eventually took a gamble – a risk that has paid dividends ever since.

The versatile defender has one appearance for England’s Under-19 side to his name, and he is eligible to play for Guyana.

Whether Hodgson swoops for Fredericks could be decided on Saturday. The Fulham defender will likely commit his future to Craven Cottage should Fulham win at Wembley, but the Premier League will remain a possibility even if Jokanovic’s side are unsuccessful.

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