Joe Thomlinson, who works as a presenter for Sky Sports and Football Daily, spent some time discussing the reports linking former Brighton and Hove Albion player Ezequiel Schelotto with a move to Crystal Palace in a recent video for the Football Daily YouTube channel.
In this YouTube video, Thomlinson shared his thoughts on the possibility of the free-agent joining Roy Hodgson’s side and he was quite dismissive of the potential move, indicating that he thinks Palace can do better than the ex-Brighton man.
The presenter said: “Surely Palace can do better than this. They’ve already got three right-backs. I know that [Nathan] Ferguson’s injured, [Nathaniel] Clyne’s out of contract this month – but that will get renewed, won’t it? – and [Joel] Ward is Ward, but three right-backs on the books, do you need a fourth?”
Should Palace consider signing Schelotto?
TIF Thoughts on what Thomlinson had to say about Crystal Palace’s links to Schelotto…
It may not have come as a surprise to Brighton fans that Schelotto was allowed to leave the club in the summer, as he didn’t enjoy a great 2019/20 campaign. The right-back, who has earned one cap for the Italian national team in his career, earned the second-lowest overall WhoScored rating (6.24) of any Brighton player to have started at least one Premier League game last season.
Additionally, per WhoScored, Schelotto is said to be weak at passing, crossing and tackling, with no significant strengths to his game.
So, while he could offer a versatile option to the Eagles, with the 31-year-old having played a plethora of games at right-back, right midfield and right-wing, we agree with Thomlinson’s assessment of this potential deal and feel Palace may be better off looking at other options.