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Christy Lord, Eltham College | This is local London

On the eve of the end of the Premier League season and an exciting transfer window looming, the south London club have been heavily linked with the transfer of 22-year-old Malian defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who until now now this season has impressed a lot for Ligue 1. Side lens.

Scoring once and providing four assists in thirty appearances for Lens this season, the starting midfielder has greatly helped the French club in their bid to qualify for the Europa League Conference, with his presence providing stable control of the midfield.

The Malian youngster’s physique on the ball has excelled considerably this season, as evidenced by his ability to hold back and overtake players with his upper body strength and efficient dribbling. Doucoure’s passing ability has also proven to be a key feature of his game, and an addition like him to the Aigle’s midfield would greatly improve their distribution from the center of the pitch.

With the future of Palace’s current number eight Cheikhou Kouyate looking uncertain due to his contract expiring after his outstanding season at the club, the signing of Doucoure will prove vital to the team as their search for Kouyate’s long-term replacement continues.