Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace's Premier League winless streak hit seven on Saturday following a disappointing 3-0 loss to West Ham.

The Eagles have not won a match in any competition since a Week 14 victory against Southampton at the beginning of December. Even with a new manager in Sam Allardyce, whose side could only manage one shot on target in his return to West Ham, the Palace attack has sputtered with only three goals in its last seven league fixtures. It's wasn't a promising sight for new £12 million signing Jeffrey Schlupp, who made his debut as a second-half substitute after arriving from Leicester City on Friday, as Palace are now even on points with Hull City and only out of the bottom three on goal differential.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 12:27 PM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce put the rumors of a winter transfer window exit for Christian Benteke to rest.

However, the former England manager didn't sound too confident Benteke's stay would extend into next season: "Never say never but at the moment he is a Crystal Palace player. I am planning on him being here at the end of the [January transfer] window...Everyone has to play better at the moment. Everyone has to up their game, not just Christian." Benteke joined the club in a record £27 million move from Liverpool this summer and has scored eight league goals, although he has not scored in the last five. Reports had him linked with a move to China as well as interest coming from West Brom this month.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 12 - 3:39 PM

Sam Allardyce will run the rule over several of his players ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Olympic Stadium.

Speaking during Thursdays media briefing, Allardyce said that he "thinks" Christian Benteke will be okay to play, although he may require an injection after damaging shoulder ligaments following an awkward fall against Swansea earlier this month. Loic Remy is fit but he won’t be ready for 90 minutes just yet as he’s only played one half of football during 2016/17. "He's in his own pre-season." Scott Dann [hamstring], James McArthur [calf] and Wayne Hennessey are among those who will be checked: "Our injury list has to reduce as quickly as possible. I'm not certain on the players who will be available until tomorrow." Jason Puncheon, who was rested in the FA Cup, has been pencilled in for a return.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 12 - 6:58 AM

Crystal Palace fans will be pleased to see Loic Remy on the pitch for the first time ahead of the second half of the season.

Remy was handed the start and played 45 minutes under new manager Sam Allardyce in the club's scoreless draw against Bolton Wanderers, which will force a replay at Selhurst Park in two weeks' time. The on-loan forward from Chelsea looked dangerous and didn't show show any signs of rust, hitting the post once and forcing Bolton's keeper into two saves in just the first half alone. But without nine players, including five starters from last weekend, Palace had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 7 - 2:04 PM

Crystal Palace will have to field a team of fresh faces and new names against Bolton Wanderers due to a multitude of injuries.

Manager Sam Allardyce exhibited a laundry list of nine injuries, not including two players on international duty at at the African Cup of Nations, in his prematch press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie: "There's some variation, some longer than others. Dann and McArthur should be back reasonably quickly, Connor's long-term, Benteke should be okay for next week if he plays with an injection, Mandanda we're not so sure about. Puncheon and Hennessey have got knocks, so they stay behind today." The good news of the lot seems to be Benteke, who suffered a shoulder injury that was feared to be serious. However, the club will be without five starters from the New Year's loss to Arsenal.
Jan 6 - 12:31 PM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the club has no plans to sell winger Bakary Sako this month.

The Mali international, who is currently at the African Cup of Nations, was the subject of a £4 million bid from Birmingham City this week after making only four Premier League appearances this season. But Sako, who arrived at the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2015, has told the club that he wants to fight for his spot under Allardyce. The manager said he will take the winter transfer window step by step as he looks to reshape his side: "I think we'll start with one and see how much that costs us. Then we'll go to the next one and see how much that costs us, and then the next one, until the chairman says we've got no more money. Then we'll stop."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 6 - 12:19 PM

Crystal Palace are sweating on the fitness of Christian Benteke after he was forced off against Swansea because of injury.

The big Belgium fell awkwardly following a first half collision with opposition goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski, but managed to make it to the break before being replaced by Frazier Campbell. Benteke will be sent for a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury amid concerns that he may have suffered serious damage: "He’s disrupted the joints in his shoulder or tore a ligament," mused an angry Sam Allardyce who couldn’t believe referee Paul Tierney did not award a spot kick for the foul: "The goalie has cleaned him out and I can't understand [how it was not a red card and penalty]. Maybe I can. He might have found it difficult to make the big judgements and chose not to do it in case he got it wrong. Unfortunately for him he did get it wrong, massively wrong." The 2-1 defeat drags Palace back into the relegation dogfight with the Eagles sitting just one-point ahead of Swansea in 19th.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 4 - 6:11 AM

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha provided the only consolation in a 2-1 loss to relegation favorites Swansea City on Tuesday night.

The struggles have only continued for Crystal Palace under new manager Sam Allardyce with the club currently on a six-match winless streak in the Premier League. This week was especially tough for the side after a loss to Arsenal was coupled with a devastating defeat to Swansea City, which means Palace is just one point above the bottom three. Zaha scored a stunner in the 83rd minute, equalizing with an acrobatic scissor-kick volley following Martin Kelly's cross for his fourth goal of the season. But Angel Rangel scored the match-winner in the 88th minute to down the Eagles at Selhurst Park. And to make matters worse for the club, Zaha will now link up with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup on Nations, which will likely rule him out for a month.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 3 - 5:13 PM

Crystal Palace forward Loic Remy has a chance to make his club debut this weekend in the FA Cup against Bolton.

The forward has endured an injury nightmare after suffering a major thigh injury just one week after joining the club on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Since then, Remy has missed nearly four months after suffering a setback three weeks ago upon his return to light training. But the fog has started to clear with Palace fans wondering about a potentially dynamic duo when paired with Christian Benteke. Said manager Sam Allardyce: "He's back into full training with the lads but we really need to give him a couple of games behind closed doors. I would say that if everything goes alright from that point of view, then the earliest we might see Loic we be at Bolton in the cup."
Jan 2 - 5:23 PM

Crystal Palace confirmed that midfielder Wilfried Zaha will leave for the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Eagles actually received a massive favor from the Ivory Coast, who denied every request to let its Premier League stars play in Gameweek 20 (Eric Bailly, Wilfried Bony, Max Gradel) except for Zaha, who will face Swansea City on Tuesday before linking up with the national team. It will be Zaha's first appearance for the Ivory Coast after switching allegiances from England last month. Meanwhile, manager Sam Allardyce also confirmed that there is no truth to the rumours linking the winger with an exit this year. "I knew before I got here that he was going and I wish him all the best and when he comes back, having been successful, I am hoping he will be fit and ready to play...There's no potential for losing him permanently, according to the chairman this morning."
Jan 2 - 5:14 PM

Big Sam's Crystal Palace have picked up where Alan Pardew's left off with a 2-0 loss at the Emirates on New Year's Day.

It wasn't so much that the Eagles lost on Sunday as how it happened. There isn't much to be done about incredible acts of skill like Olivier Giroud's opener but the rest of the match, including Alex Iwobi's goal, was characterized by sloppy play at the back. The Palace defense nearly gifted Alexis Sanchez a goal. Big Sam will have to clean up the defense if he expects results to improve at Selhurst Park.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 1 - 3:28 PM

Sam Allardyce's first game in charge resulted in a draw, as a Yohan Cabaye strike was canceled out by a Watford goal in the second half as Crystal Palace played to a 1-1 final.

The Allardyce era began with a mixed bag result. Palace put forth the stronger attacking threat in the first half, and Yohan Cabaye looked resurrected under the new manager. The French international would score the first goal as he sneaked past the defense while managing to stay onside and Andros Townsend slipped a pass through and Cabaye fired into the far corner. The momentum shifted to Watford in the second half and the Hornets would eventually level after Damian Delaney committed a foul in the area. The defense only conceded the one spot kick, so there is reason for optimism that this Eagles side who have struggled defensively will begin to tighten up going forward.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 09:41:00 AM

It didn't take long for Sam Allardyce to find his way back into English football after signing on with Crystal Palace.

Just one day after sacking Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace announced Sam Allardyce as manager, less than three months after he was dismissed as the England national team manager. The quick appointment means Allardyce will be able to manage the club against Watford on Boxing Day. Said Allardyce after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal: "The club seems to be very ambitious, certainly the chairman and the owners, they want to take the club in the right direction. I like the look of the squad and that's probably the reason that I'm here: I feel the club can go forward from here and I hope I can help it go forward. It seems to be very ambitious."
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Crystal Palace sent shockwaves through the Premier League by firing manager Alan Pardew on Thursday.

Pardew's dismissal comes at an odd time for the club, four days after its last game and just three days prior to a Boxing Day match that starts a heavy fixture list for the side. Said chairman Steve Parish in a statement: "I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as Manager and previously as a player...During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the Club and we wish him the very best for the future." Pardew only managed six Premier League wins in the calendar year and the club currently sits in 17th place. Rumors are already swirling of a move for former England manager Sam Allardyce.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:09:00 PM

Crystal Palace have plenty of weapons in a normally-fluid attack, but the Chelsea defense made the Eagles their latest victim, keeping the home side out in a 0-1 loss.

Palace got off to a decent start, staying on the front foot, and it nearly led to a goal in the tenth minute, but Chelsea kept Christian Benteke from latching onto a Joe Ledley cross. Jason Puncheon had an excellent chance to score the opener when he was fed the ball in the center of the box but he scuffed his shot. The Eagles were not exactly impressive defensively, but they have been improving of late, and were able to keep a lethal Blues attack to a single goal. Wayne Hennessey made a particularly fine save of a N'Golo Kante strike. Still, it is rough going for Palace, who have had a dismal record in the calendar year of 2016.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 09:38:00 AM



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