Former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino has questioned Crystal Palace’s style of play under Roy Hodgson, suggesting that it is not something fans want to see.
The Eagles are just six points above the relegation zone and, while Cascarino is confident the team can grind out results with Hodgson at the helm, the talkSPORT pundit believes those associated with the club want to see more from the team.
In his Times column, he said: “Roy’s approach will always be cautious. He will work them and work them and they will grind out results, but is that enough? In the modern game, fans and owners expect a bit of entertainment too and I just don’t see it at Palace.
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“Sometimes staying in the Premier League isn’t enough, which is how Chris Hughton lost his job at Brighton & Hove Albion — unfairly.”
Cascarino is not wrong here; Palace can play some dire stuff at times. With 23 goals scored, they are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this term (via WhoScored). Averaging just 9.5 shots per game, the lowest average in the division, that is not a surprise.
With 44.6%, they are also in the bottom five for average possession. So as well as having to watch their side fail to score goals, unfortunately, Palace supporters have also been forced to witness their team get absolutely dominated in games.
Furthermore, Cascarino’s assessment is both fair and accurate — though Hodgson is likely to point to a lack of transfers, a debate for another day.
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