Just when they were sliding under the pool of despair, Luka Milivojevic, who joined for £13.59 million (as per Transfermarkt), rose up to save Crystal Palace once again.
In need of improving their form away from home, the Eagles managed to edge a poor Newcastle United at Tyneside thanks to another perfect penalty.
Indeed, it was Milivojevic’s 10th penalty strike of the season which helped Roy Hodgson’s side gain the win. While having such a prized set-piece specialist is always an asset, Palace can’t keep relying on the Serbian’s penalties to win them matches time and again. They need to stop attacking just to win penalties, as they’re capable of so much more with their talented men.
While Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend are sizzling enough to often be brought down in the penalty area, they need to be more ruthless going forward. It’s no secret the Eagles need a proper striker, with neither Christian Benteke nor Michy Batshuayi being viable options next season.
Furthermore, they also need a change in attitude while going forward.
Hodgson needs to let go of his cagey style and make them be more expressive going forward, even against superior oppositions. They have the pace, creativity, exuberance to score many goals and win matches rather than just relying on penalties to bail them out.
Milivojevic’s fulfilling his captaincy duties by slotting in penalties time and again to win them matches. However, sooner rather than later, the Eagles need to stop relying on him as an easy way out and start playing more effective attacking football to please the fans.
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