Martin Kelly – From Liverpool Misfit To Key Cog In Palace’s Survival Bid

0 Posted by - April 18, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

Crystal Palace’s recent run of fine form under Sam Allardyce has been built on solid performances from a whole host of players rather than just one or two stars. The man who perhaps best fits the bill as an unsung hero of late is defender, Martin Kelly. 

This fantastic piece examines the shift Kelly has made from Liverpool misfit to a key cog in the Eagles defence under Allardyce. 

Having been signed by Tony Pulis on the final day of his tenure in SE25, Martin didn’t exactly get off to a roaring start in red and blue. Whilst he was always looked upon as a relatively dependable type, the likes of Neil Warnock and Alan Pardew never really managed to unlock his full potential during their time at the club, often using him as nothing more than a last resort when other first-team players were unavailable. 

Admittedly, Kelly’s chance in the starting XI under Allardyce came as a consequence of injuries to both Scott Dann and James Tomkins but the tactical questions asked of him by the former England boss have been far removed from anything he’s previously experienced at Selhurst Park, as the piece at the top of the page explains. 

Still only 26, there is every chance that Kelly’s game will continue to come on in leaps and bounds under Allardyce’s watch, aided by the security of a new deal, which the ex-Liverpool man penned shortly before Alan Pardew left the club at the turn of the year. It may not have been an obvious match made in heaven but Big Sam seems to be getting more out of Kelly than many fans ever thought possible and for that, both he and the player himself deserve immense credit. 

This weekend, Kelly and his Eagles teammates travel to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League chasing Liverpool side, knowing full well that another clean sheet will go a great deal of the way towards securing a record fifth consecutive season in England’s top flight. If the defender’s performances in recent weeks are anything to go by, you wouldn’t put it past him to play a blinder. 

Enjoy. 

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10 Comments

  • Richard C April 18, 2017 - 8:53 am Reply

    I’m afraid that without Sakho next to him he will revert to type. Hope to be proved wrong however.

    • admin April 18, 2017 - 8:56 am Reply

      I fear you’re right but you never know.

      I think Tomkins is back.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 18, 2017 - 8:57 am Reply

    I do believe Pulis intended to use him as a fullback though. he plays Craig Dawson there and Jonny Evans sometimes. He was never a huge fan of natural fullbacks.

    Always thought he was more suited at CB due to his height and pace and i hope he can kick on and earn himself a new deal. Quite a few players out of contract this summer and whilst i would like to see a few move on, i think the core of the team should stay.

    • admin April 18, 2017 - 8:58 am Reply

      He has signed a new deal, JFB. Did so just before AP left.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 18, 2017 - 11:02 am Reply

        Oh really? God, the Board must have had more faith than the rest of us at that point. I’m glad though as he seems to give it his all, even if his ability/confidence do not match up.

        • admin April 18, 2017 - 11:18 am Reply

          He’s looked a different man with Sakho next to him, although I get the feeling playing next to Mamadou would turn me into Bobby Moore too.

          • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 18, 2017 - 12:19 pm

            Tomkins also looked much better next to Sakho pre-injury so maybe there is a truth to that. Here’s hoping Kara Mbodji turns Delaney into Baresi next season.

          • admin April 18, 2017 - 1:43 pm

            I fear Damo’s continued progression may be a lost cause, JFB…

  • Richard C April 18, 2017 - 1:22 pm Reply

    JFB – you are very good at spelling all these foreign players names, is that from memory or do you look them up before posting 😉

    Yes, I am also with you that I was surprised he was offered another contract, but he is fairly flexible in where he can play and current injuries show that he is required. Like Ledley, a good squad man I think.

    • admin April 18, 2017 - 1:43 pm Reply

      Ledley is off in the summer, methinks. He is definitely out of contract.

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