While it’s been a mixed start to the season for Crystal Palace, who have both won and lost during their opening two fixtures, though it’s already an improvement on last term. With Roy Hodgson’s men having scored twice and picked up three points, it’s by far and away a better start on the seven opening losses under Frank De Boer last season.
Still, that doesn’t mean it’s all plain sailing in South London. The Eagles are a remarkably well-drilled side under the former England coach and one who can damage most teams on the counter, though do certainly have their flaws.
With Yohan Cabaye having left over the course of the summer, they lack any kind of creativity in central midfield, playing both Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur there, building the platform on which Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha roam forward from.
However, there are certainly options available to Hodgson. For starters, there’s the presence of a certain Max Meyer, who was brought to Croydon on a free transfer in perhaps the most surprising coup of the summer window, considering the German’s standing in the game.
Converted into a deep-lying playmaker of late, the desire to see Meyer handed a chance is obvious. So, rather than ask Palace fans if they wanted him, we actually recently asked them if they would like to see another summer signing thrown into the starting XI for today’s game at Watford.
Cheikhou Kouyaté, who arrived from London rivals West Ham, would certainly go some way into Palace more mobility in those areas, freshening things up after Monday’s loss at home to Liverpool.
Interestingly, an overwhelming 71% of polled Palace fans want to see the Senegalese lynchpin feature at Vicarage Road today, giving you an indication on the desire to freshen things up.