Summer signing Connor Wickham has been out of action since late August with a niggling injury. but made his comeback in yesterday’s U21 game against Bristol City at Selhurst Park.
Although the tie itself ended in a frustrating 1-0 defeat for Palace, the highlights uploaded by the club’s official site are well worth a watch, with footage involving the aforementioned Wickham, two solid saves from Alex McCarthy and some extremely impressive work from academy stars Jake Gray and Aaron Bissaka.
The goal which eventually settled the match came as a direct result of an unfortunate individual error from Ollie O’Dwyer, rather than a team-wide poor performance, which, despite our inability to find the back of the net on the day, is something we can be positive about moving forward.
Wickham was substituted on the hour mark, as he continues to rehabilitate from a long lay-off, but after feeling no ill effects from the outing, he will be hopeful of being involved in the first-team’s trip to Liverpool this Saturday, even if it is only as part of the bench initially.
The novelty of seeing the U21s playing on the Selhurst Park turf certainly adds another aspect to the highlights that are available to watch on the link attached above, with the camera angle offering a far better perspective on the action when compared to the flatter view that is available when the games are filmed at Tooting & Mitcham’s ground instead.
Although we are unlikely to see the likes of Gray or Bissaka thrown into the first-team picture in the near future, it goes without saying that both are highly-rated by the club’s academy coaches, along with a number of other talented youngsters across the club.
If this footage is anything to go by, you would assume that both could easily end up joining the ever-growing group of Palace players who are cutting their teeth on loan across the Football League in the months to come.