Crystal Palace host Leeds United at Selhurst Park this afternoon, and it is going to be an important recreation for Patrick Vieira because the facet have had a gradual begin to their Premier League season.
The Eagles are at present struggling for factors, tallying simply six from a doable 21 over their first seven outings, and because of this they’re at risk of falling right into a relegation battle ought to they not begin choosing up factors extra constantly very quickly.
Because of this, the Palace supervisor might be trying to find options to inject some confidence and momentum into his facet, and a change of personnel within the line-up might be simply what’s wanted to start out profitable some video games.
One man who might be a game-changer for Vieira towards Jesse Marsch’s facet right this moment is Jean Philippe-Mateta, a late substitute towards Chelsea final week, and unleashing the striker might repay massively for Palace.
The Frenchman solely had 13 begins within the Premier League final season however was signed on a everlasting deal in February to stay at Selhurst Park after becoming a member of on mortgage from Mainz 12 months beforehand, incomes a four-and-a-half-year contract.
Mateta has scored 9 objectives and delivered one help over 42 appearances for Palace, however with extra constant alternatives to carry out, he might be an actual menace for Vieira to deploy over the season forward.
Steve Parish has heaped reward on the 25-year-old when reflecting on the participant’s affect within the workforce, stating of Mateta: “He’s a unbelievable story and doesn’t get sufficient point out.
“Any footballer who needs to observe anyone who has at all times bought a constructive psychological perspective on the pitch and is encouraging individuals, spurring individuals on, retains operating and attempting – he’s a mannequin skilled. He does a great deal of further work, is at all times seeking to enhance himself.”
Ought to Mateta begin towards Leeds United?
Regardless of solely beginning twice and averaging 33 minutes per look to this point this season, Mateta has scored one aim, taken 1.7 pictures and gained 1.8 duels per recreation, together with finishing 67% of his dribbles, exhibiting how he has made essentially the most of his restricted game-time.
With that in thoughts, Vieira might be determined for his workforce to choose up all three factors, and the gifted 25-year-old striker might terrify Leeds if he’s given the nod to start out alongside Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha right this moment.