Speaking ahead of Crystal Palace’s FA Cup clash with Wolves tonight, Roy Hodgson commented on Nathaniel Clyne’s current situation.
As you may know, the 14-cap England international’s short-term contract with the Eagles expires at the end of January.
When asked if the south Londoners would be extending that deal or not, PA Sport quote Hodgson as saying: ‘Nathaniel Clyne is a player we are very happy to have and I am hoping and expecting the club to extend his contract beyond January.’
In our view, this is an absolute no-brainer.
Clyne has been excellent in the nine Premier League games he’s appeared in this season.
The 29-year-old has proven himself as someone who has plenty of fuel left in the tank, amid some fears that Liverpool releasing him meant he was no longer the player he once was.
However, that is clearly far from the truth.
From the nine games Clyne has played in, Palace have only lost four of them, while he has an assist to show for his efforts as well.
The ex-Southampton man played his part in resounding wins over Leeds and West Brom, as well as a spirited 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
Additionally, his presence is doing two things for Hodgson.
Firstly, he’s providing Joel Ward with some competition at right-back.
Secondly, his presence is helping to take the spotlight away from young Nathan Ferguson – the right-back is still recovering from injury.
To put it simply, the Eagles would be crazy not to renew Clyne’s contract.