Crystal Palace monitor 29-year-old Championship star – Is this the right move by Hodgson?


Why Crystal Palace should make a move for Samy Morsy

According to Daily Star, Crystal Palace are monitoring Wigan Athletic midfielder Samy Morsy ahead of the summer transfer window.

Morsy, 29, joined Port Vale’s youth academy from Wolves in 2008 and spent three seasons at Vale Park, where he made 78 appearances with the first team. He then moved to Chesterfield FC and made 117 appearances in three years with the club.

In January 2016, Wigan snapped him up before sending him on loan to Barnsley. However, since his return to his parent club, he has been a regular member of the squad and helped them qualify for the Championship in the 2018/19 season. His performances have also earned him the captain’s armband and Morsy has established himself as a key member.

Samy Morsy has established himself as a key figure for Wigan (Getty Images)
Samy Morsy has established himself as a key figure for Wigan (Getty Images)

He has also attracted the attention of Brighton and Hove Albion, as per the report. However, with his contract expiring at the end of the next season with the Latics, Palace should make a move for the Egyptian this summer.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have struggled since the restart of the games. Roy Hodgson’s men have lost three of their last four league games, and, as a result, they have slipped to the 14th position in the league standings. This has made them move away from the Europa League qualification spot.

Morsy could bring stability to their midfield

With the season coming to an end, the manager should shift his focus on the upcoming transfer window to bring in suitable reinforcements to key areas. And one area which needs to be strengthened is the midfield.

James McArthur, James McCarthy, Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer are the only four attack-minded midfielders available at the manager’s disposal. While McArthur and McCarthy have been regular starters, the other two have failed to cement a spot for themselves in the starting XI. Thus, bringing in another midfielder would be a wise decision by the club in order to add depth and quality.

Samy Morsy (L) in action against Brentford (Getty Images)
Samy Morsy (L) in action against Brentford (Getty Images)

In that regard, signing Morsy would do them a world of good. The Egypt international has made over 360 career appearances in English football and his experience could come in handy for the Eagles. In 39 league games this term, he has managed to score 3 goals while contributing with 3 assists.

Morsy’s inclusion to Hodgson’s squad would definitely bring in healthy competition, which would benefit the team. His addition would bring stability to Palace’s midfield whilst also adding some much-needed depth in the squad.

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At 28, the former Port Vale man is in good nick and the Eagles are in need of midfielders to bolster their ranks in the middle of the park. Thus, signing Morsy would be a wise move by the club for the next season.