Pardew Is Planning A Tactical Change For Palace’s Watford Trip

1 Posted by - September 26, 2015 - News

Alan Pardew has hinted at a tactical change to the Palace side ahead of our trip to Watford this Sunday. 

The Palace boss feels he has a selection headache at Vicarage Road, here’s why

Thanks to an extremely professional display from the team Alan Pardew put out against Charlton (which you can see here), we head to Hertfordshire this weekend with a wealth of tactical options buzzing around the manager’s mind, which is just as well after the rather limp attacking display we put in against Tottenham last Sunday. 

Whilst many have been imploring the Eagles’ boss to steer clear of any temptation to persist with Yannick Bolasie at the head of the side, Dwight Gayle’s hat-trick in midweek has definitely gone some way to influencing the gaffer’s thoughts, as he proves in the quotes attached above. 

A system which uses the diminutive striker would almost certainly give us a greater degree of attacking threat, particularly when you consider the inclusion of Sako and Cabaye, both of whom weren’t part of the squad when Pardew last experimented with Gayle as a lone frontman in a league fixture. 

Last weekend’s performance proved that we can work the ball into the feet of a striker when required to, which in essence, is all Gayle should need to thrive against Flores’ impressive Hornets in front of the Sky Sports cameras. 

It definitely feels as though we’ll be heading in a new tactical direction this Sunday, even though no one is quite sure what direction that is at this point. Have a read of Pardew’s comments attached above to see if you can get a feel for his thought process.

If you’ve got a theory, post it in the comments section for everyone (mainly me) to see. 


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  • Richard Glen September 26, 2015 - 1:22 pm Reply

    To begin with Bolasie is not a striker so lets get him back where he belongs.Its going to be a case of Gayle or Bamford leading the line and maybe Cabeye will be in a more advanced position.Don,t be surprised to see Mariappa starting.Zaha I think will be on the bench to make room for Bolasie and Sako.
    This will be the tactic to beat Watford.Come on Palace!!

    • Richard Glen September 26, 2015 - 4:16 pm Reply

      Yes I agree with you on this.Not sure if Zaha will be on the bench though Rich!!??Just wish Conor Wickam was back!Interesting team selection though Richard!!Not sure what HLTCO thinks??

  • Jeffrey Persaud September 27, 2015 - 12:35 pm Reply

    We also need Cham, I believe with cabye there class level of controlled quick thinking will keep us top 5

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