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