It’s well known that South London club Crystal Palace are hardly short of ambitions. This has reflected in their transfer dealings over the years having acquired the likes of Yohan Cabaye or Christian Benteke. In spite of this, the Eagles have struggled to make much of an impact in the Premier League but with a manager like Frank de Boer in the backroom now, their fortunes could finally change.
As per Sky Sports, Palace are closing in on the signing of Dutch central defender Bruno Martins Indi from Porto who could become de Boer’s first acquisition at Selhurst Park. The Dutchman spent the last season on loan at Stoke City but Mark Hughes’ side failed to make the signing permanent before the deadline of 1st July as per his loan contract.
Palace had a disappointing season last time out in terms of defending having conceded 63 goals in 38 games, 13 more than their total goals scored. Thus it’s hardly a surprise to see de Boer looking to revamp the Eagles’ defensive department.
Martins Indi boasts 34 international caps for the Netherlands over the years and is a ball-playing defender by nature and should do well under his compatriot Frank de Boer who himself was an iconic defender with an excellent resume. Although de Boer spent time as an assistant manager on the Dutch side, the pair never crossed paths but they should be well aware of each other’s capabilities.
The Eagles are short both on numbers and in terms of quality at the heart of the defense with just Scott Dann, James Tomkins and veteran Damien Delaney at their disposal. This assured Martins Indi of a starting eleven spot alongside club captain Scott Dann.
Just 25 years of age, Martins Indi has his best days ahead of himself and could prove to be a big success in the Premier League under the stewardship of de Boer, who has a lot of critics to answer following his disastrous reign at Inter Milan.
Only time will tell if the former Feyenoord defender can do justice to his name in a Crystal Palace shirt but as of now, it looks like a pretty decent signing by the Eagles if they can seal the deal in the coming days.