Name: Sam Woods
Club: Crystal Palace
Date of Birth: 11 September 1998
Position: Centre-back/ Right-back
Sam Woods – his career so far
Sam Woods is a life-long Crystal Palace supporter who’s been at the club for more than half of his entire life. Since his father was always a big fan of the club, the young lad would go to Eagles’ games ever since he was aged only four. It didn’t take long for him to join the club of his dreams and slot right into their youth academy.
He worked his way up the ranks slowly but surely and after actually captaining the U16 squad, he would initially break into the U18s in the second half of the 2014/15 season before securing a full promotion the following campaign.
In 2016/17, once he was already a well-established member of the U18 team, he got the chance to train with the first-team squad for the very first time in his young career. But that wouldn’t be the only chance he’d get at Selhurst Park.
Of course, before actually getting his chance to feature for the seniors, he would also play some games for the U23s and then also get his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup tie against Middlesbrough in October 2018.
Soon afterwards, in the next round of the competition, Woods also got his first start for Crystal Palace in the clash against Colchester United. Unfortunately, the Eagles were eliminated after the penalty shootout but the young defender would register the full 90 minutes of the game for the first time as well.
Since then, he only got one more chance to feature for the seniors when Palace faced Derby County in the FA Cup in 2019/20. Woods then joined Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical in January 2020 on loan until the end of the ongoing campaign.
So far, he’s made three appearances for them, scoring one goal in the process as well.
The biggest Crystal Palace news surrounding Woods has definitely been the club’s decision to send him out on loan to Scotland. The player himself has since admitted that spell can be used as a stepping stone in his career and can only help him develop further by tallying valuable minutes and experience.
The youngster is supposed to stay with Hamilton until the end of 2019/20 and it still remains to be seen what happens with him upon the expiry of the deal.
As of right now, however, there are no transfer rumours or transfer news circulating around the 21-year-old defender but a lot is expected from his in the near future and he can still make it at Crystal Palace.
Woods is most comfortable when playing as a centre-back but can also be deployed further out wide in the full-back position if needs be. Interestingly enough, his only goal for Hamilton so far has actually arrived from the right-back role, suggesting that the youngster has some attacking tendencies as well as being a solid defender.
However, he hasn’t featured nearly enough for the Scottish team or the Crystal Palace seniors to give us a clear picture of his player profile. He does seem to be someone who uses his physical presence well and combines it with confidence in winning 1v1 duels with the opposition’s attackers.
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