CRYSTAL PALACE BEGIN ZAHA TALKS

Premier League side Crystal Palace have begun negotiation with reps of winger Wilfred Zaha for a new deal, Sky Sports reports.


The Ivorian scored seven goals in the league this term and he played a crucial role towards the end as the team sought to maintain their top flight status.

In recent transfer talks, Zaha was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur to play under Mauricio Pochettino. Sky Sport report says both clubs discussed the possibility of a deal for the player but it did not end well.

He has been a key player under Sam Allardyce. He started his career at Palace before moving to Manchester United in 2013 for £15 million. The 24-year old barely started for United before he was shipped out on loan to Cardiff. He returned back to Palace before sealing a permanent deal in January 2015. He agreed to a five and a half year deal upon his return and he is not expected to exit anytime soon. (more…)

Sam Allardyce First Time Demotion

It has never happened that a team coached by Sam Allardyce has suffered demotion from the top tier to the second tier, but, as they say there is a first time to everything and this may prove to be big Sam’s first taste of demotion as his team is inching towards that.


And Allardyce has been pretty miffed with the Crystal boys recently as he reckons that they are not listening to him properly and are not putting his plans to execution in the manner he wants them to.

As per Allardyce, he has been in the game for much longer time than any of his boys has been. So, he has got to have the better idea of the formations and the strategies and it’s actually his forte too. That’s why he is at the club for, to decide how the team should play. (more…)

ALLARDYCE: SAVING CRYSTAL PALACE MORE DAUNTING

Crystal Palace new manager Sam Allardyce has been left to reevaluate the chances of his team staying in the premier league after the team’s lackluster performance saw them defeated in their Tuesday night’s encounter at home to Swansea.


The defeat saw Allardyce blaming fatigue as the reason behinds the club second successive defeat.

The result now means Allardyce team has been only able to earn one point from his first three matches in charge after succeeding former manager Alan Pardew. The defeat against Swansea now means the club is only one point above the bottom three.

The match against Swansea saw Sam’s boys play as unconvincing as they did in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal and the Big Boss admits that he made an error by not making two changes after that defeat. (more…)

CRYSTAL PALACE LOSE 2-4 TO LIVERPOOL AT HOME

Crystal Palace crashed to the Reds at home in a keenly contested game in the Premier League.


The highly entertaining affair saw five goals enter the nets in just the first half. Defensive concerns and the strong attacking prowess of both sides made the game one to watch. A new record was set as five goals were scored before the break – making it the most in a first half this term in the Premier League.

Emre Can got the first goal in the 16th minute, but James McArthur quickly got the equalizer for the hosts. Dejan Lovren put Liverpool ahead in the 21st minute and McArthur got another equalizer in the 33rd minute, setting the mood early for an interesting clash. McArthur became the second Crystal Palace player to score two headers in the same Premier League game. Liverpool showed their superiority when Joel Matip got the third just before the recess.

After the break, Roberto Firmino scored the fourth to put the game beyond Palace. The victory ensured Liverpool secured their fifth in six league games. They share the same points with log leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. The only difference being the goals difference. Liverpool’s attack has been impressive – with Philippe Coutinho playing a key role – but the team has still not gotten their affairs at the back in order yet. Lovren allowed McArthur get two goals twice in a space of minutes.
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The number that will definitely be on the dialling list of Alan Pardew shortly is that of Roberto Martinez

The reason is that Pardew’s trump card Christian Benteke will spend the coming week under the guidance of Martinez who is his national manager.


So what Pardew is looking for from Martinez is to try and give his forward some time on the pitch or to push him as hard as he can in the trainings so that he comes back to the Premiership in a totally charged state.

After succeeding to finally put a point on the board a fortnight into the season, Pardew was quoted saying, “Christian is the main man upfront and if he gets a touch sharper, you can for sure rely on him for producing a few goals.”

“I don’t know how he fits in the line- up of Belgium and whether he will be a starter. Obviously, nothing better than the match time itself, but, if it is not possible, I would like him to be made to do a lot training wise. I have Roberto’s number in my phone, no worries. I am going to connect the line at some point to have a talk with him about it.” (more…)

CRYSTAL PALACE INTERESTED IN NEWCASTLE’S ANDROS TOWNSEND

English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace is set to bid for Newcastle star player Andros Townsend.


Palace wants to trigger the release clause of Townsend’s contract but would have to wait till the England international returns from holiday this month.

Andros Townsend joined The Magpies in January from Tottenham Hotspurs for an initial Eight million Pounds and has been in fine form over the second half of the season. The 24-year old player was even called up as a replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck but was later omitted from the final 23 man squad that will play in France at the Euro 2016.

Townsend scored four goals in the 13 games he played but couldn’t save Newcastle from relegation. The player is believed to be keen on remaining in top flight football and would not favour the move to the Championship. United paid a total transfer fee of 13 million Pounds in January but has now set a release clause of eight million Pounds for clubs who finished last season in the top half and 10.5 million Pounds for those who finish in the lower half of the table. (more…)