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