Former U17 World Cup Winner set to leave Crystal Palace with several clubs interested.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: David Brooks of Bournemouth with Nya Kirby and Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace at Vitality Stadium on September 15, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace midfielder Nya Kirby is set to leave the club in the summer, with Bournemouth, Watford, and Club Bruges reportedly interested in signing him on a free transfer.

The talented youth star decided to make the move to ‘The Eagles’ from his boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur – aged just 16 – in the hope of securing more opportunities to play first-team football.

It hasn’t quite gone to plan for the England youth international during his time in South London, with his only senior appearance coming in the EFL Cup

However, he had an impressive loan spell in the second half of the 2018/19 season with Blackpool, making 11 League One appearances, before spending the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Tranmere Rovers

This season Kirby featured 20 times in the PL2 for Crystal Palace’s U23 side, scoring seven goals and recording two assists.

Following Bournemouth’s recent promotion to the Premier League, Scott Parker will be looking to boost his squad in key areas to increase their chance of staying up.

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Parker has managed to get the best out of a young squad, with plenty of loanees from Premier League clubs excelling under his watch – a move to Bournemouth would also give Kirby his long-awaited chance of featuring in the Premier League.

At 21, Kirby still has many years ahead of him to reach the potential he was tipped for as a teenager, being part of that successful England U17 World Cup Winner's squad.

Roy Hodgson announced he’d be stepping down at the end of the season following what was a disappointing return to the Premier League for Watford, as they prepare for another season in the Championship.

In what is shaping to be a big summer for Watford, regarding their overhaul, a move to bring Kirby in could see another big name find their feet in the Championship, following in the footsteps of his World Cup teammates Rhian Brewster and Morgan Gibbs-White.

A move to Europe is said to be a possibility, with Club Bruges rumoured to be interested, having just missed out on winning the Jupiler Pro League.

Interestingly, the Belgian side signed Owen Otasowie from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, however, the 21-year-old midfielder has failed to make his senior debut throughout this season. 

Kirby can operate as a box-to-box number eight, or more offensively in the ‘number 10’ role, the midfielder has the technical capabilities to ensure he becomes an asset wherever he decides to go in the transfer window. 

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With the right choice and some consistent game time, we may get to see the potential of Nya Kirby fully unlocked.

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