Could Crystal Palace youngster Sam Woods make his Premier League debut this season?
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Could Crystal Palace youngster Sam Woods make his Premier League debut this season?

With Crystal Palace currently suffering a shortage of first-team centre-backs, Roy Hodgson may be tempted to hand Premier League debuts to some youth team prospects.

One such player is 20-year-old centre-half Sam Woods, who recently has made the first-team squad for crucial matches.

Woods made his debut in the fall, when he played 11 minutes during the Eagles’ Carabao Cup loss against Middlesbrough.

Woods hasn’t played a senior minute since, but has caught the eye of Hodgson and was recently named to the bench in Palace’s FA Cup quarterfinal defeat to Watford.

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As Mamadou Sakho faces the season out with injury, Woods may be handed a Premier League debut if Palace can achieve safety this spring.

In a recent interview with football.london, the highly-rated youngster played down his chances of a debut but expressed his desire to keep working.

“That’s not my decision, so I can’t say If I can play or not,” Woods told football.london. “I think to try my best everyday in training, in games and just see what happens. If I can keep getting on the bench for the first-team that’s good and maybe come on.”

If Woods continues his diligent training, Roy Hodgson will surely grant the Palace youngster a Premier League debut in the coming months.

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