Long-serving Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic could be set to leave the club this summer, according to journalist Matt Woosnam.
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Write about Twitter On the club captain’s situation, the trusted insider admitted it might be ‘time to move on’ for the Serbian gem, after struggling for playing time under Patrick Vieira this season .
Delving deeper into the 31-year-old’s future in his article for The Athletic, Woosnam revealed that the 39-cap international was even booed at the club’s end-of-season awards night, with some frustration among some sections of support for his failures on the pitch, as well as his reported violation of pandemic restrictions last year.
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This follows a report earlier this week which suggested the £4.5m-rated man is considering an exit from Selhurst Park in the coming window, with former club Olympiakos – who he left for joining the Premier League side in January 2017 – keen to reunite. .
It’s time to go
While he may not have endeared himself to club supporters for his off-field actions of late – as mentioned above – it is his on-field form that is likely to be a key factor in his departure, with few regrets to see him. go should he find a new home in the coming months.
A solid servant to the South London side over the past five-and-a-half years, the defensive midfielder has scored 28 Premier League goals in that span, proving to be a deadly presence in dead-ball situations.
After scoring an impressive 22 top-flight goals in his first two full campaigns at the club, goalscoring has since dried up for the £80,000-a-week skipper, however, with the arrival of new boss Vieira also limiting him to just 14 league outings this season, including just nine starts.
Among a largely youthful and rambunctious side, the aging gem stuck out a bit like a sore thumb, failing to keep up with the energetic and relentless teammates around him.
This was exemplified by his disappointing stats so far this season, with Milivojevic averaging just 0.7 steals and 0.9 clearances per game so far, while only gaining possession 0.3 times per game. 90, and providing just 0.8 key passes on average.
The former Anderlecht star also ranks poorly among those in his position in Europe’s top five leagues, according to FBref, ranking in the top 90% of interceptions made, while he also has a pass success rate. pretty dismal at just 79.8% and is averaging just 4.14 progressive passes per game, proving ineffective on offense and defense.
Despite what should be a summer of change in midfield – with Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur out of contract and Conor Gallagher set to return to parent club Chelsea – Vieira must not hesitate to wield the ax at his current skipper.
Although there is a fondness for his service to the club, supporters are likely to want to see him from behind when the campaign ends.
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