Pardew Gives Surprisingly Critical Assessment Of Connor Wickham’s Game

0 Posted by - March 6, 2016 - News

Alan Pardew has given a surprisingly harsh assessment of Connor Wickham’s current chances of playing for England after being asked for his views on the striker by the press. 

These comments from Alan Pardew on Connor Wickham are startlingly critical. Perhaps it’s an attempt to motivate him for the remainder of the season, but it feels harsh. 

Following a question which was almost certainly prompted by Roy Hodgson’s admission that Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford could grab a place on the plane to Euro 2016, Pardew was quick to inform the press that the Palace frontman is still a long way off being ready to play for his country, needing first to nail down a place as Palace’s regular first choice striker over an entire season. 

Whilst it’s clear that Pardew sees Wickham as a striker with huge potential, he has perhaps been a little over the top in his criticism of him in the interview above, given the fact that the big man has scored four goals in our last two matches. Perhaps he’s attempting to light a fire under him in a bid to see him kick on between now and the end of the season, but from afar, it looks like quite a high risk strategy towards man management from the Palace boss. 

 Who knows, perhaps being compared unfavourably with Andy Carroll is just what Connor needs to improve his goalscoring tally in years to come, but it’s fair to say that I was taken aback by the brashness of Pardew’s words when he was simply being given an opportunity to praise one of his own players after a decent run of form in front of goal. 

Let’s hope that the boss knows what he’s doing when it comes to motivating the former Sunderland man. With only one league goal between the rest of the strikers on our books this season, Connor looks to be our only hope. 

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1 Comment

  • Ben March 6, 2016 - 10:42 am Reply

    Whilst I agree it is tough words from the gaffer, I can’t help but agree with him. I’ve found Wickam very frustrating with his stop start palace career so far. When I see a team sheet with his name as the striker it doesn’t necessarily fill with with confidence. When he has a run of games for the team he starts to fulfill his potential but then gets injured and has to start al over again. It must be hugely frustrating for the player as well but I understand what Pardew is saying. Let’s get him playing in the role for the majority of a season and then judge him and his ability to play for England.

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