VIDEO: Souare Looks Better Than Ever, Is A First-Team Return On The Cards?

0 Posted by - July 5, 2017 - News, Video

Following his horrific car crash at the start of last season, no one was really sure if Palace left-back Pape Souare would ever play football again but in the video below, he looks as good as ever. 

This video sees Pape looking better than at any point in his recovery. Could be a first-team return be on the cards?

Given the unique nature of the injuries Pape sustained last year, few if any were sure if we would ever see him on a football pitch again but the full-back’s desire to return, coupled with endless stream of goodwill showered upon him by Palace fans, has led him to a point where he can once again join in with the first-team’s pre-season training plans. 

Without any proper back-up for the Senegal international when he was sidelined, Alan Pardew was forced to use a variety of different players on the left side of defence;  a problem that was only properly solved in the January transfer window, when Pardew’s replacement Sam Allardyce spent big to bring in both Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp from Sunderland and Leicester respectively. They were moves that shored us up well in the position and contributed hugely to our successful battle against the drop but for Pape on a personal level, it will have brought a sense of uncertainty about his place in the group going forward. 

There is no precedent for a professional footballer recovering from an injury such as Souare’s and getting back into Premier League action, making each step he takes towards a return all the more important. It may sound a little dewey-eyed, but after being told that he may never walk or run again in the days after the accident, any chance he has to play a part in Frank de Boer’s plans will feel like a bonus. 

When any player sustains a serious injury, there is a tendency to brush over their weaker attributes and focus instead on the positive aspects of their game. Whilst no one would pretend that Souare was the perfect left-back, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d feel a pang of emotion if he ever does manage to pull on a Palace shirt again. 

Let’s hope it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. 

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  • Richard C July 5, 2017 - 7:16 am Reply

    If he can get fit and prove not to have suffered mentally as a result of the injury then he should be fighting for the LB position with PVA. We need to develop Schlupp into a winger or possibly a 10 as I understand he may have been when he was younger. We certainly do not need 3 specialist LB’s in our squad.

    • admin July 5, 2017 - 7:17 am Reply

      If Schlupp can do that, I’d be all for it Richard.

  • Malcolm McKay July 5, 2017 - 10:07 pm Reply

    Three left backs is a little over the top PVA could be used as a wing back or cover for Townsend subject to system the Manager wishes to play . We will not be able to sell Souare’s until he has proven that he is back to form and fitness, could be loaned out maybe. Selling PVA or Schlupp would probably result in a lose as we paid top Dollar.

    • admin July 6, 2017 - 5:50 am Reply

      It’s a conundrum but one which I’m glad we’ve got the potential of, Malcolm. The spirit Pape has shown to get back is outstanding.

  • Raymond Johnson July 21, 2017 - 9:19 am Reply

    If Frank can sort out his positional play he would be an excellent addition. He has the unique ability within our team to whip the ball in with pace and curl. Looking forward to him coming back

    • admin July 21, 2017 - 9:20 am Reply

      Hopefully it won’y be too long, Raymond.

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