As the dust begins to settle on Frank de Boer’s appointment as Crystal Palace boss, Squawka have published a fantastic piece analysing which players are likely to be winners and losers once the Dutchman begins to get his feet under the table in SE25.
Looking into the tactical choices de Boer favoured at both Ajax and Inter Milan, Squawka have put together a feature that is as entertaining as it is well researched. Palace’s style of play is one which is often misrepresented by the British sporting press but here, the writer in question has got it spot on.
Having won promotion back to the Premier League in 2013, Steve Parish and his fellow directors have been forced into making numerous managerial changes just to keep our place in the division but with this appointment, there is real hope of a change in ethos that will bring with a sense of stability behind the scenes.
Whilst the club did attempt to use a more expansive style under the guidance of Ian Holloway and Alan Pardew, only to fall flat on our faces soon after, there are obvious differences with Frank de Boer at the helm. Of course, both Holloway and Pardew wanted to get the team passing and moving but in reality, they didn’t have a true understanding of the system from a technical perspective, an accusation no one can throw in Frank’s direction.
Having been brought up with the footballing philosophies of both Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal, de Boer brings a pedigree and winning reputation with him to SE25 that is likely to make the players sit up and take notice like never before. Whilst you should always expect professionalism from a squad of Premier League stars, there is no point denying that a manager’s reputation plays a part in their receptiveness to tactical ideas and in de Boer, we have a man who is known the world over.
I’m sure you’ll agree with a number of if not all of the calls made by Squawka in the feature attached at the top of the page, now all that is left to do is see if de Boer follows their blueprint.