'He is actually a': Joachim Andersen shares what Patrick Vieira is like at Crystal Palace
Joachim Andersen has been speaking to the Daily Mail about his start to life at Crystal Palace, and also Patrick Vieira’s management style.
What’s the story?
Well, it’s been a good start to Andersen’s career at Selhurst Park.
Alongside Marc Guéhi, the Dane has kept two clean sheets from four Premier League games so far, including clashes with Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham.
Of course, that solidity at the back comes from Vieira, and the £17m centre-back has shared what the Frenchman is like behind the scenes.
When asked if Vieira was as fearsome a manager as he was a player, Andersen said: “Err, no, he is actually a really, really good guy.
“I would say he is a joker. He wants to joke with the players, to be close to his players so that’s a little bit different from the managers I had recently. He asked me what I was doing yesterday and the other way round, so to build the relationship is nice.”
This should please every Crystal Palace fan.
No matter what industry you’re in, people want to come in and enjoy working under their manager, rather than dread it.
It’s great to hear that Vieira is trying to break down barriers and get to know his squad on a personal level.
How did Crystal Palace sign Joachim Andersen?
In our view, this could be the signing of the season.
The Daily Mail believe Tottenham had a deal lined up for Andersen under José Mourinho, but Nuno Espirito Santo pulled the plug.
The Telegraph added that Arsenal also wanted the 25-year-old.
Andersen was also playing Champions League football for Lyon as recently as the 2019/20 campaign, after the French side paid £25.6m for him.
In that respect, how did Crystal Palace get their hands on him?
With all due respect to the south Londoners, of course.
It just seemed as if Andersen was heading for a bigger club after impressing for Fulham last season, but the stars aligned in Palace’s favour.
If he continues playing like he is, he’ll be worth at least three times his £17m fee in no time – Dougie Freedman, take a bow.
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