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What next for Frank de Boer and Crystal Palace?

Jake Jackman

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Frank de Boer has had a poor start to life in the Premier League as he has lost all three of his matches as Crystal Palace manager. The Mirror report that the Dutchman fears that he is hanging by a thread, as further talks with the board are set for this week. There has been a growing feeling over the international break that he is a dead man walking, but he has overcome the initial storm.

It is disastrous to lose the first three matches of a season, especially if you are new to the club and the league. De Boer arrived with a damaged reputation after an awful period in charge of Inter Milan. It was a difficult job for the Dutchman, but the warning signs were there and he is making the same mistakes at Palace. The international break always makes situations like these feel worse as they are left to stew and there isn’t an opportunity to improve on results.

Should Crystal Palace sack De Boer?

The instant gratification that has engulfed football during recent years means that the time given to managers is significantly shorter than it once was. Even so, it is ridiculous that the Dutchman’s future is being discussed. They were keen to bring him to the club and oversee a change in the style of football. It was never going to be a quick fix and De Boer deserves a couple of months at least.

If the club are seriously considering dismissing De Boer, then the problem doesn’t lie with the manager, but the board. By sacking him this soon, they would be admitting that they made a mistake and it would be difficult to have confidence in them making a better appointment to replace him.

There are clearly problems at the club as both Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis have opted to walk out of Selhurst Park. It is rare for a Premier League manager to resign from their post and the fact that two have chosen that option at Crystal Palace does indicate deep-rooted issues. De Boer going might be seen as a quick fix, but it would be the latest in a series of concerning events.

What next?

It would be a surprise if he was given the boot before the weekend. The club have had two weeks to make a decision on the Dutchman’s future. If he was going to be fired before the Burnley game, he would have received his marching orders by now. However, things are tense at Selhurst Park and De Boer won’t be able to ride out another loss.

There have to be signs of recovery. Although the Palace manager has remained married to his style throughout his career, he could be forced to play a more direct style at Turf Moor. He needs to get a win and this set of players are not suited to his brand of football. It always looked to be an odd decision to move from Sam Allardyce to Frank de Boer.

A win this weekend will improve the mood. However, a loss would surely be the end for the Palace manager.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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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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