There are certain downsides to boasting some o the league’s best for a mid-table club like Crystal Palace in your ranks. Indeed, clearly, Roy Hodgson is learning this the hard way, as the big guns are reportedly trying to pry away the prized pillars of his success at the club.
If he wasn’t worried enough concerning wantaway Wilfried Zaha’s seemingly unclear future, now his other wing-wizard is also apparently attracting interest from Premier League rivals. That’s because, according to reports (via the Daily Mirror at the start of this month), Leicester City are aiming to tempt Andros Townsend away from the Eagles in order to add some magic to their evolving attack.
While Zaha was the star package in Hodgson’s system last season, Townsend provided that cutting edge from the other wing. Though he can obviously prove to be painfully frustrating at times, the right-winger’s incisiveness and impressive dribbling ability is another layer to one of the best counter-attacks in England.
Right now, Brendan Rodgers is probably in need for decent wingers to help the Foxes’ attacking play, but the 27-year-old’s departure could be disastrous for Palace. If they end up losing their winning combination in Zaha-Townsend, things will go back to square one for Hodgson.
Seriously, what’s the point in Palace without Zaha and Townsend? Without them, the team is utterly dull and devoid of anything going forward at all. Harsh but, in our minds, true.
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