£9.6m Leroy Sané-like wonderkid is just what Crystal Palace need - Our View
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£9.6m Leroy Sané-like wonderkid is just what Crystal Palace need - Our View


According to Wales Online, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Schalke 04 wide-man Rabbi Matondo.

Brighton, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be interested in the 20-year-old, who cost Schalke 04 £9.6 million when they signed him from Manchester City.

Now, given his lack of experience and young age, you may not know much about the Wales international.

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However, he is exactly the type of signing Crystal Palace need to be making.

Why? Well, there is a desperate need to freshen up the squad at Selhurst Park.

There are currently only three permanent first-team players in Roy Hodgson’s squad who are under the age of 28 – Eberechi Eze, Tyrick Mitchell and Jairo Riedewald.

Make that four, if you still consider Max Meyer a first-team option.

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Additionally, the Eagles need more wingers.

Andros Townsend has played a bit-part role this season, while Wilfried Zaha has typically operated at centre-forward.

In that respect, the youthful Matondo – who is a bright prospect – would tick both of these boxes for the south Londoners.

What type of player is the Welshman?

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Well, the Bundesliga’s official website likened him to Bayern Munich star and Germany international Leroy Sane.

They state that the only striking difference is the fact that Sane is left-footed, whereas Matondo is right-footed.

While he might not immediately impact the first-team, Crystal Palace need to have one eye on the future – signing Matondo would be wise, in that respect.

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