What Crystal Palace’s XI might have looked like if they hadn’t missed targets

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Every club has its famous what-if moment. There was the time Arsenal had Cristiano Ronaldo in north London, only for Manchester United to play Sporting Lisbon in a friendly and beat the Gunners for his signature.

For Crystal Palace, the south Londoners have also had their fair share of ordeal in the transfer market, with a number of world-class names slipping away from them.

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With that in mind, let’s see what the Crystal Palace XI could have looked like had they secured some of those goals and also kept the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka…

The XI Crystal Palace could have had it

Well, would you look at it – this team would probably easily win the Premier League, if not the Champions League.

In 2014, Neil Warnock could have brought Virgil van Dijk to Crystal Palace for just a penny £6 millionbefore his Chief Scout warned that the Dutchman was “too slow” – wow.

“We could have bought him at Palace for £6million but my chief scout told me he was too slow. I think he has a job too!”

A Van Dijk and Marc Guèhi partnership would be impressive and with Wan-Bissaka down the right flank no forward would want to downplay that side.

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On the left, you might be wondering why Bayern Munich’s jewel is called Alphonso Davies.

Well, as Steve Parish said to that Daily MailThe Canada international was noticed by Parish’s Vancouver sister, who emailed him to suggest the Eagles pursue his signature.

However, work permit issues got in the way and the 21-year-old is now a Champions League winner with Bayern Munich.

A little further away is a more recent example in Donny van de Beek. That £40 million Dutchman could have joined Crystal Palace in January but opted for Everton, according to reports the athlete.

We think a two-man midfielder with Van de Beek and Conor Gallagher would be hugely effective, especially when Eberechi Eze comes in from the left.

In attack, things get even more painful for Crystal Palace fans as they could have had a forward partnership of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, backed by Jarrod Bowen.

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Again under Warnock, the Eagles tried to sign Kane from Tottenham while he fell out of favor under Mauricio Pochettino.

However loud BBCTottenham’s participation in the Europa League prompted Kane to stay as Spurs didn’t want to be left out.

In terms of Vardy, that was it Guardian who revealed the south Londoners were close to agreeing a deal with Fleetwood to sign the speedy striker in 2012.

However, he eventually joined Leicester and the rest is history.

Finally, Crystal Palace could have had the in-form Jarrod Bowen in their ranks, a man who scored 15 goals for West Ham this season.

According to the evening standardthe Eagles agreed a £16m fee with Hull in January 2020 only to eventually lose to the Hammers.

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Brian Ashcraft

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