Alan Pardew has urged one of his out-of-favour strikers to grab the chance that is set to be afforded to them against Leicester City later on today.
With Dwight Gayle suspended and both Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh still sidelined through injury, Pardew looks to be all set to offer one of Fraizer Campbell or Patrick Bamford the opportunity to grasp the nettle, leading the line against Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.
Whilst neither option is likely to fill many Palace fans with joy, there is a lot to be said for a sense of finality in their chance to impress on the biggest of stages. Given the immediate return to action of Gayle following this afternoon’s clash and Wickham’s supposedly rapidly improving fitness, it will be up to the man who is chosen by Pardew to catch his eye from the very start.
No doubt ready to plump for the standard five man midfield in the Midlands, the boss would undoubtedly rather have one of the aforementioned strikers at his disposal when taking into consideration the stunning start our hosts have made to the Premier League campaign, but in truth, no top flight club should give a place in their 25-man squad to a player who they don’t feel is capable of producing a top performance when called upon to do so.
It would be easy for me or indeed any other fan to voice their concern over our options in the final third, but for one reason or another, we are stuck with the current group until January whether we like it or not, meaning that both Pardew and ourselves have little option other than to make the best of what is a far from perfect scenario.
You never know, either one of Campbell or Bamford could pull out all the stops at the KP Stadium, making a huge number of us look extremely foolish with a swipe of their right or left foot. For now, I’m allowing optimism to rule my thought process; we’re playing in a few hours and whoever has been given the nod to start the game will undoubtedly be desperate to prove their many doubters wrong.
Let’s hope they pass the test with flying colours, playing a pivotal part in a comprehensive Palace win.