Bargain of the summer? Why Daichi Kamada could be Crystal Palace's smartest signing

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Bargain of the summer? Why Daichi Kamada could be Crystal Palace's smartest signing

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Premier League clubs are more than likely set to dominate this summer’s transfer window, as the English top-flight once again looks to spend more money than the rest of Europe’s top divisions. Last season the division spent no less than €2.93 billion on new players, which was almost more than the combined amount of money spent by Ligue 1, Serie A and the Saudi Pro League over the course of the season. So far this summer, the Premier League has spent €470m and that figure will almost certainly double in the weeks to come. 

However, while big transfer fees are often necessary to buy the best players, clubs can often pick up incredible deals from time to time that end up being bargains. One such move that could prove to be exactly that is none other than Crystal Palace’s signing of Daichi Kamada, who departs Lazio and heads to the Premier League on a free transfer. And while the move may fly under the radar of most Premier League fans, there’s every chance that the division will know all about the midfielder and his many talents in a few months’ time. 

How good is Daichi Kamada? 

Although Kamada joins Palace from the Italian top-flight, the 27-year-old talent really made his name in Germany, where he played for Eintracht Frankfurt for no less than six years. Over the course of his time at the club, Kamada bagged 40 goals and 33 assists in 179 games across all competitions, but it was his performances in his final season with the Eagles that Palace fans will most likely take the most interest in. Under the guidance of current Palace boss Oliver Glasner and following a season that had seen Frankfurt win the Europa League with the Japanese talent at the heart of their midfield, Kamada played an advanced No.10 role for the club and went on to pick up no less than 16 goals and seven assists in 47 appearances for Frankfurt. Most notably, Kamada averaged 0.63 goals and assists per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga – which would be the equivalent of 24 goals and assists in a full Premier League season. 

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Why are Palace signing Kamada?

Despite an impressive tenth-place finish last season, Glasner’s team undoubtedly struggled to not only score goals but also create them in the first place. According to Opta, the Eagles had the sixth-worst total xG (expected goals) from open play last season, which essentially means only five teams in the division created fewer chances in front of goal than Palace in the league. This is evident when we look at which players finished top of the club’s assists chart for the league campaign. On top we have forward Jordan Ayew, with just seven assists in 35 league appearances, followed by Micheal Olise – who is expected to sign for Bayern Munich in the coming days – on six, followed by Jean-Philippe Mateta on five and Eberechi Eze on four. Palace don’t exactly need goalscorers – Mateta and Eze undoubtedly have an eye for goal – but when it comes to players pulling the strings, that’s exactly where Kamada can thrive. 

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