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Crystal Palace need to give Frank de Boer the time and money to succeed

Martyn Cooke

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The Guardian are reporting that the future of Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is already in serious doubt despite the Dutchman having overseen only three Premier League games.

De Boer was appointed in late June as Sam Allardyce’s successor after the one-time England manager decided to step down from his position upon guiding The Eagles to Premier League safety.

However, the former Ajax and Internazionale boss has made an unimpressive start to life at Selhurst Park with the club’s hierarchy already concerned by a trio of defeats in the Premier League and what they perceive to be an unconvincing tactical approach.

Crystal Palace have deployed a new look formation and style of play under the guidance of de Boer which revolves around a possession-based game built on a trio of central defenders.

The current playing squad have yet to fully grasp and adapt to the demands of their new manager which is in complete contrast to the more direct approach employed by Allardyce during the previous campaign.

The Eagles have lost all three of their opening fixtures in the Premier League, including home defeats against newly promoted Huddersfield Town and last season’s relegation escapees Swansea City, and have yet to register a single goal.

De Boer rose to prominence in Holland where he is credited with reviving the fortunes of Ajax where he won four Eredivisie titles in the space of four and a half years before an unsuccessful short-spell with Internazionale last season.

The 47-year-old was appointed by the Crystal Palace hierarchy after a month-long selection process with the aim of evolving The Eagles into a solid Premier League team rather than one that struggled against relegation.

However, a poor start to the new campaign combined with concerns over de Boer’s tactical decision making has left those inhabiting the boardroom at Selhurst Park fearing the worst.

The Guardian‘s report claims that some members of the club’s hierarchy perceive the Dutchman to be tactically naïve, inflexible and unsuited to the rigours of the top flight of English football.

In defence of de Boer, the 47-year-old has been stranded with the same group of players that narrowly avoided relegation last season with minimal investment being made by the club in the transfer market.

Mamadou Sakho, who was key to Crystal Palace’s revival during the second half of the previous campaign, returned to Liverpool following the end of his loan deal leaving The Eagles short of quality in central defence whilst the team was never prolific in the final third.

In addition to this, the club have made just three signings during the summer, spending £7.9 million on Jairo Riedewald alongside the double loan signings of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

It is undoubtedly too early in the season for de Boer to be facing the sack, although in the mad world of professional football never say never.

The Dutchman needs to be given two things by the Crystal Palace board – time and money. He has been handed the task of reviving a playing squad that struggled against relegation last year without being given the opportunity or financial backing to do so.

De Boer needs to be given time to implement and imbed his ideas and philosophy throughout the club, something that will take much longer than a couple of months to take effect, whilst the board need to hand him some significant cash to spend before the transfer window closes.

Crystal Palace have a solid group of core players that have consistently proven themselves in the Premier League whilst Christian Benteke is more than capable of firing the club to safety. However, there is little doubt that more quality is required throughout the squad.

Frank de Boer proved during his spell at Ajax that he is a knowledgeable and effective manager. The Crystal Palace hierarchy need to provide him with the time and financial backing to facilitate change at Selhurst Park.

Martyn is currently a PTA and Research Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In addition to his teaching role he is also undertaking a PhD in Sports History that is exploring the origins and development of football in Staffordshire. Prior to working at MMU, Martyn spent a decade operating in the sport and leisure industry in a variety of roles including as a Sports Development Officers, PE Teacher, Football Coach and Operation Manager.

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Crystal Palace should gamble on Ahmed Musa after World Cup triumph

Jamie Watts

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Leicester City‘s forgotten man, Ahmed Musa, set the world alight with his sensational display in Nigeria’s 2-0 triumph over Iceland, becoming his nation’s all time top-scorer after bagging an emphatic brace. And Crystal Palace should really take notice.

Musa failed to score a single Premier League goal last term, before being sent back to former club CSKA Moscow in January. But today’s showing was the 25-year-old at his brilliant best, and he’s reminded us all what he’s capable of.

His performance for the Super Eagles should attract the interest of their club namesake.

The Eagles are in serious need of attacking reinforcements this summer, having flirted with relegation under the winless tenure of ex-boss Frank de Boer but Wilfried Zaha’s timely return from a long-term injury, rejuvenated the squad and Roy Hodgson eventually cemented an 11th place finish.

However, another long-term stint in the treatment room for the Ivorian could cause collapse at the club, and Musa could take the reins as the creative, counter-attacking spark behind the physical presence of Christian Benteke – who notably managed a meagre three goals himself.

Not only that, but along-side Zaha, the two could wreak havoc against Premier League defences in Roy Hodgson’s fast counter attacking style, and he could begin showing his best form in England for the first time since his arrival.

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Crystal Palace’s hopes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek return boosted after latest comments

The midfielder is unlikely to get what he’s after at his parent club.

Jamie Watts

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has boosted Crystal Palace‘s hopes of securing his services for another season, after claiming he will only remain with Chelsea this summer if guaranteed a regular first-team spot at Stamford Bridge next season, in quotes via Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park after making just 31 appearances for Chelsea since his debut in 2014, and his immense talents have earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this World Cup.

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“I want to play as much as I can,” revealed Loftus-Cheek. “Even this past season just gone, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked because of injuries. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.”

Loftus-Cheek made 25 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s outfit last term, and is still unhappy with the amount of minutes he managed, so it’s pretty safe to assume Chelsea – given the disastrous domestic season they’ve just had – won’t be bettering his previous return, or be prioritising taking chances on academy products next season.

And Palace will be keen to offer the stylish midfielder a deal to extend his stay with the former England manager, where, if available, he will continue to be considered one of the first names on the team-sheet.

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Palace are likely to face competition from rival clubs though, as Loftus-Cheek is emerging as a star on the biggest stage of all in Russia; having flourished in his brief cameo against Tunisia. And he’s now considered likely to start against Panama, with Dele Alli nursing a slight injury.

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Crystal Palace should plot audacious loan move for Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi

Crystal Palace should act on the latest reports from Germany.

Jamie Watts

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Chelsea‘s resurgent striker Michy Batshuayi is back to playing the football that garnered interest from Stamford Bridge last summer.

The then-defending champions signed the Belgian international for £33 million, but he was eventually loaned out to Borussia Dortmund in January, after failing to break into the first team in west London.

The 24-year-old instantly hit the ground running in the Bundesliga, bagging an impressive seven goals in 10 league appearances – having scored just two in 12 for Chelsea that term – and he’s also performing well for Belgium when Romelu Lukaku isn’t spearheading the side.

Dortmund are unlikely to sign the striker on a permanent deal this summer, according to reports from Sport Bild, as the German giants look to land a worldy striker to succeed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which means he’ll likely be resigned to a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge.

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Crystal Palace should make an audacious swoop to land Batshuayi on loan this summer, in their quest for attacking reinforcements if he returns to the Premier League.

The Eagles are in serious need of attacking reinforcements this summer, having flirted with relegation under the winless tenure of ex-boss Frank de Boer, but Wilfried Zaha’s timely return from a long-term injury rejuvenated the squad and Roy Hodgson eventually cemented an 11th place finish.

With Christian Benteke’s slump in form – registering a meagre Premier League three goals – Hodgson will have to ensure the side have more goals in them next term, and signing his fellow countryman would be a fantastic coup.

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The prospect of Batshuayi and Zaha spearheading the attack would be a frightening prospect for any Premier League defence, and Palace need to ensure they have depth in-case their top scorer should face another lengthy stint away from the pitch.

Chelsea are under pressure to succeed next term after a disastrous season, and play-time for the Belgian won’t be high on their list of priorities.

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