Joe Ledley could well return to Alan Pardew’s starting XI for this afternoon’s game against Tottenham, and the Welshman is eyeing a win as the potential spark for he and his teammates to reignite a push for Europe.
In this surprisingly detailed and insightful interview, Ledley talks about his decision to join Palace, the progress made since his arrival and his confidence heading into today’s game. It’s a great read.
Whilst Joe may not have featured as often as he would have liked since Alan Pardew took over the reins at Selhurst Park a little over a year ago, his comments in the interview attached above leave you in no doubt about his faith in the manager and his teammates.
Despite the squad having endured a startlingly poor run of form since the turn of the year, there is a real conviction in Ledley’s musings over the general direction in which the club is heading. After making a giant change when initially swapping Celtic Park for South London, it’s immediately evident that Joe doesn’t regret it in the slightest.
Openly discussing his initial fears when joining Palace, given the tricky position we were in, the Wales international is glowing in his praise for the level of quality running throughout the squad, a viewpoint which has clearly coloured his thoughts in believing that we have more than enough depth to feasibly push for a top eight finish between now and May.
It’s bordering on impossible to read his thoughts and not feel an overwhelming sense of warmth towards him as a man. Whilst both James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye would be looked upon as easily superior to him on the field, Ledley’s spirit, desire and generally uncomplicated view of the game is to be roundly admired.
He is without question, a man you can rely upon to dig in when we as a team are up against seemingly superior opposition. Today at White Hart Lane, that is unquestionably the case. I’m sure, if called upon, Ledley won’t let us down.