The Athletic’s Matt Woosnam fully expects Michael Olise to be dropped to the bench for Crystal Palace’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
Olise made his full Premier League debut for the Eagles against Newcastle United last time out after notching a goal and an assist across his four substitute appearances (via Transfermarkt).
Palace had five ‘big chances’ in the 1-1 draw, and Olise was responsible for creating two of them (via SofaScore).
Football London’s Mark Wyatt handed him a rating of eight out of 10 for his performance at Selhurst Park, the joint-highest in the side. The 19-year-old, he wrote, provided his team with a ‘skilful outlet’ and was ‘always looking to make something happen’.
In The Athletic’s matchday discussion, a supporter predicted that Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha would return to the line-up at the expense of Olise and Odsonne Edouard.
“Expect that as well,” Woosnam replied, before insisting there is “no chance Olise starts at The Etihad”.
Vieira may lean towards Ayew for an away game against the reigning champions because of his defensive contribution.
Ayew did also record his first goal contribution of the season in his last outing against Arsenal, providing the assist for Christian Benteke’s equaliser.
So it’s a justifiable selection, even if it’s one that may frustrate Palace fans in light of Olise’s positive performances.
The manager may look to Olise off the bench once again, knowing that he can make an impact.
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