This season, Roy Hodgson has been very flexible at Crystal Palace when it has come to formations.
The Eagles boss has had no problem with using a 4-4-2 in one game, then a 4-3-3 in another.
And it is something he is likely to continue doing in the next campaign, especially if he loses his talisman Wilfried Zaha, with a transfer to former club Manchester United currently being mooted (The Telegraph).
Hodgson, however, should look towards using a 4-2-3-1 on a more permanent basis if Zaha does end up leaving Selhurst Park.
The Ivorian’s departure would almost certainly leave a creative void in Crystal Palace’s team, and switching to a formation such as the 4-2-3-1 might just be the thing that helps Hodgson to fill it.
Realistically, the Eagles are going to find it hard to find a like-for-like replacement for Zaha who is of equal ability.
Bearing that in mind, getting three attackers into the side behind a striker, which the 4-2-3-1 allows, may be the way to go.
In the likes of Andros Townsend and Max Meyer, Hodgson already has a couple of decent offensive options.
After using the Zaha money to reinforce that area, Hodgson could have the tools to field a very good three-man attack, one more capable of making up for the Ivory Coast international’s loss than a sole like-for-like replacement.
As far as life after Zaha goes, 4-2-3-1 could just be what Crystal Palace need to get by.
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