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Glasner should unleash Crystal Palace’s 19/yo gem with “blistering tempo”


As begins go, it has not been too dangerous for Crystal Palace’s new boss, Oliver Glasner.

The Austrian took the reins from Roy Hodgson in late February and has picked up six factors from a potential 15 to date, with out the star high quality of Michael Olise within the aspect.

That stated, taking only one level from Nottingham Forest over the weekend, regardless of main for a big portion of the sport, was undeniably disappointing.

Whereas there have been just a few subpar performances on the day, it could be time to drop Jordan Ayew and provides an academy gem his first begin for this night’s conflict with Bournemouth.

Jordan Ayew’s efficiency this season

It has been an attention-grabbing season for Ayew this yr, as regardless of having loads of video games wherein he has appeared slightly ineffective and stunted on the pitch, he has nonetheless racked up a decent haul of 4 objectives and 7 assists in 29 appearances, that means he has averaged a objective involvement each 2.6 video games.


Nevertheless, the 32-year-old has carried out in brief bursts for the Eagles this season, registering only one objective and three assists in his first 16 league video games earlier than scoring as soon as and offering two assists in three video games in December after which scoring twice and offering one help within the video games in opposition to Everton and Burnley in February.

Sadly, in his final three league video games, all of which he has began, the Ghanaian veteran has didn’t register a single-goal involvement, and his particular person statistics from the conflict with Forest do not make for fairly studying both.

Ayew’s recreation vs Forest in numbers



Anticipated Targets


Anticipated Assists


Photographs on Goal


Photographs off Goal




Correct Passes

16/18 (89%)

Misplaced Possession


Duels (Received)

11 (6)

Crosses (Correct)

1 (0)

Lengthy Balls (Correct)

1 (0)

Dribbled Previous


All Stats by way of Sofascore

In his 66 minutes of motion, the Marseille-born attacker registered an anticipated objectives determine of simply 0.04, an anticipated assists determine of 0.01, one shot off course, zero dribbles, 16 passes, misplaced the ball eight occasions, received simply six of his 11 duels and didn’t ship a single cross or full a single by means of ball.

In all, the right-footed ace’s dreadful exhibiting was one that may justify his place on the bench tonight, particularly as Glasner might begin an extremely thrilling teen in his place.


Why Glasner ought to begin Franco Umeh-Chibueze

The teen in query is Franco Umeh-Chibueze, and whereas he has but to make a aggressive look for the Eagles, his identify may sound acquainted to followers as he has spent plenty of video games on the bench this season and was even given 45 minutes of motion within the staff’s pleasant in opposition to Bodo/Glimt final month.

Franco Umeh-Chibueze’s Crystal Palace report













Purpose Involvements per match



All Stats by way of Transfermarkt

It does really feel like only a matter of time till the Irish U19 ace is given his first correct run out within the Premier League, and with a youth report as spectacular as his, why not check him with a begin in opposition to the Cherries tonight?

Since becoming a member of the South Londoners from Irish outfit Cork Metropolis in February 2023, the “thrilling expertise”, as described by journalist Emmanuel Francis, has been in good kind for the academy sides. He made the leap from the U18s to the U21s after simply eight video games, wherein he discovered the again of the web 5 occasions and supplied three assists besides.

Since becoming a member of the U21 staff, the 19-year-old, whom academy supervisor Gary Issot described as possessing “blistering tempo”, has scored ten objectives, supplied one help, and is presently the highest scorer within the squad.

In his 32 video games throughout the Palace youth groups and at Cork Metropolis, the left-footed prospect has predominantly performed within the right-wing and left-wing positions, however he has additionally made appearances in left midfield, as a central midfielder, and as a centre-forward, which suggests he might comfortably fulfill the position Glasner has Ayew enjoying within the first staff in the mean time, because the right-sided attacking midfielder.


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The gifted teen has an unbelievable report on the youth degree.

In the end, after Ayew’s poor efficiency in opposition to Forest over the weekend, he deserves to be dropped, and with how properly Umeh has performed for the youth staff and the accidents on the membership, he’s the pure alternative.

That is why the Austrian tactician ought to hand the teenage starlet his maiden first-team begin in a aggressive setting within the Premier League tonight.