Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley has given a detailed and deeply insightful interview in this week’s South London Press.
After struggling for game time at the start of this season, the Welshman has revealed the extent of his frustration, having never been anything other than a first-choice throughout his career until now.
After turning professional at Cardiff City, Joe was always one of the first names to be jotted onto the team sheet, whilst his spell at Celtic saw him play a pivotal part in a hugely successful spell of the club’s glittering history, meaning that his recent struggle for regular football has taken an understandable toll on his mental state.
After putting in a wonderful display in our massive win away at Watford last Sunday, the Welsh international has every right to feel as though he deserves a place in the side that will take on West Brom tomorrow lunchtime, despite the presence of Jimmy McArthur, who was demoted to the bench to make way for Ledley at Vicarage Road.
The above interview gives an extremely intersting perspective on Ledley’s state of mind throughout the last few weeks, provoking thoughts about the job Pardew has on his hands to ensure that the entire squad remain content, despite many not being given the chance to play regularly. It’s a huge balancing act.
From a supporter’s perspective, the prospect of leaving one of McArthur, Ledley or Cabaye out of a starting XI is a source of huge comfort, but as Ledley’s interview proves, the mindset of the players involved differs hugely from those in the stands.