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'Talented' £200k prospect who Townsend could tutor deserves Crystal Palace chance - Our View

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Crystal Palace haven’t given too many chances to academy prospects since earning promotion to the Premier League back in 2012/13.

The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrick Mitchell have emerged in recent seasons, but other than that, top-flight survival was the main objective over developing youngsters for many years.

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Now, however, Roy Hodgson can afford to blood in some rookies, and there is one player who is proving to be worthy of a first-team chance – Scott Banks.

The Scottish winger arrived in January from Dundee United, with the Eagles paying just £200,000 in compensation to sign the attacker.

Since he began playing Premier League 2 football this season after Palace secured Category One academy status, he has shone.

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Banks has scored four goals in seven Premier League 2 games this season, while also grabbing four assists – he is the joint-fourth top scorer in the division as things stand.

Hodgson has even described him as a ‘talented’ player who could be training with the first-team very soon.

London News Online quote the ex-England boss as saying: ‘He’s a talented player, there’s no question of that. I can definitely see him training with the first team during the coming months.’

The 19-year-old is a player who could be taken under Andros Townsend’s wing, given the ex-Tottenham man’s work with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and also his similarities to Banks as a player in terms of them both being left-footed, right-sided forwards.

The Manchester United right-back has previously spoken to the Croydon Advertiser about how much Townsend helped him at Selhurst Park.

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‘Andros Townsend helped me a lot, but he also helps a lot of the others (U23 players) when they come training with the first team.’

Hopefully, Banks can be the next player to benefit from the England international’s tutoring skills.

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