Palace frontman Connor Wickham is set to return to the starting line-up for our trip to Tottenham this Sunday after missing last weekend’s clash against Manchester City.
Alan Pardew felt that his side missed the presence of the former Sunderland man hugely against Manuel Pellegrini’s runaway leaders, having seen him put in a fantastic shift against Chelsea to help us on our way to a momentous victory over the defending champions prior to the international break.
Plumping instead for a formation which saw Yannick Bolasie deployed in the lone striker’s role against City, we did lack a a degree of physicality in the final third, which Wickham, when fit, brings to the side naturally. Having chosen to start with Dwight Gayle on the bench against the Blues, Pardew did eventually throw the striker into the game, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make the impact he so often has done when called upon in the past.
Whilst Spurs fought their way to an important win over Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light yesterday, they are yet to get into their stride and could struggle to cope with the pace we have on the break, should our attacking outlets be on their game at White Hart Lane.
Having seen plenty of Palace fans moan about the purchase of Wickham when the deal was first announced, you’re now unlikely to find many who are upset at news of his scheduled return to the fold in six days time, proving that it takes just one or two good performances to change the opinion of thousands in the modern game.
Let’s hope he bags his first goal in red and blue against Spurs, securing what would be a long overdue win in North London. Slowly but surely, the big man is proving his doubters wrong.