At this moment, Crystal Palace sits 14th in the Premier League table after their first 17 games of the campaign. However, the start to the season has outlined some key issues which have caused fans to become irritated. These issues are mostly linked to the manager Roy Hodgson, and the style of football he likes to pursue on his players. Is it time for Roy Hodgson to go? Is there a new rebuild at the club?
Hodgson’s career at Selhurst Park thus far
Roy Hodgson is a very well-known manager in the Premier League. He managed different Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Fulham, and Crystal Palace. He was also an England manager for a very short and miserable spell during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. It was when England dramatically underperformed; failing to get out of the group stage, while they suffered elimination by minnows Iceland at the latter tournament.
Hodgson joined Crystal Palace at the start of the 17/18 season after they lost their first four games without scoring a goal. At the time, Frank de Boer was a manager. Hodgson managed to get the team playing, and they finished the season 11th after he lost his opening three matches. He has kept them around that position for the last two years.
However, recently it hasn’t been that much plain sailing for Palace as they have suffered some quite heavy losses to Liverpool and Aston Villa. Those defeats are mounting the pressure on him to keep his job at Selhurst Park. The results haven’t been the main issue for the fans though, as they now are becoming bored and frustrated watching their team play. This comes down to the style of football that he wants his players to play. Hodgson normally sets up with a 4-4-2 formation and normally sits in a low block. That makes it hard for the opposition team to break them down.
Then, he wants his players to counter-attack and tries to catch the other sides out when they have committed a lot of players forward. In that way, there are lots of gaps in the rival’s defence for fast and skilful players such as Wilfred Zaha and Eberechi Eze to run in behind and cause teams trouble.
However, this is becoming boring for Palace fans, and sometimes isn’t even helping them because they are shipping quite a lot of goals from sitting back and trying to absorb the pressure. Fans are taking to social media to voice their thoughts and opinions on the subject of this. I think that Palace needs to maybe get rid of Roy Hodgson but perhaps wait till the end of the year.
A new manager at Selhurst Park?
The new manager whoever they’d bring in will not have time to sign new players that he wants. Palace would want a youthful, talented, and attacking style manager such as possibly Eddie Howe. Howe did an amazing job at Bournemouth by getting them up into the Premier League from lower divisions. He managed to keep the Cherries at top-flight until last season, where they went down due to a controversial moment when GDS didn’t work, and Aston Villa gained a vital point which got them to stay up over Bournemouth.
A new rebuild needed for Palace
Therefore, I think it is time for a completely new regime at Crystal Palace in the summer, as they should strive for higher. They could potentially become a team that could challenge for the European places. After all, the Eagles have a talented team with players like Eze, Zaha, and Townsend. Crystal Palace’s squad had an average age of 29.8 years last season, which shows that their side is ageing and there are lots of things that need to change. For instance, bringing in new recruitment who are younger and hungry to do well in the Premier League. Also, they need to get rid of some of the ‘deadwood’ in the team.
Another big question for Palace fans is the future of star man Wilfred Zaha, and what they will do with the money they could get from selling him on. Zaha has had lots of rumours of a move to other Premier League clubs or abroad in Europe in the previous windows. Some big-money moves have been quoted by the clubs, but the deals haven’t happened, which at times frustrated Zaha as he wants to be playing European football.
There are going to be some good suggestions on who Crystal Palace could potentially bring in with the money they get from Zaha. My first suggestion could be a player from the Championship called Adam Armstrong.
He has a great goalscoring record this season in the league for Blackburn, and his price tag could be quite low compared to players from abroad. Palace could look on the loan market and go for a move for young Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori. He wants game time and is not happy with his status at Chelsea. The Eagles could also potentially add a clause where they could buy him after the spell has ended. If they wanted a player that could potentially replace Zaha, they could go with youth star Ismalia Sarr from Watford, who they were linked with at the backend of the last window.
Palace could look towards the free-agent market where they could get players such as Joshua King or Moussa Marega. Both are very talented and could have some big things to offer for the Eagles. There are some cheaper alternatives now. They could go for a move for fringe Manchester United players on loan moves such as Jesse Lingard, Fosu-Mensah, and Ben Williams. Other Championship players could involve John Swift, Joe Jacobson, and Bright Osayi-Samuel.
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