This Piece On The Challenges Facing de Boer At Palace Is Fantastic

0 Posted by - August 3, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

As many of you will already be acutely aware, Dominic Fifield is the best journalist around when it comes to Palace-centric coverage. To put it quite simply, his preview of the Eagles' upcoming league campaign (attached below) is fantastic.

This hugely detailed piece covers every challenge facing Palace this summer. It's a wonderfully engrossing read.

Whilst most would agree that our five year stay in the Premier League has seen in the nationwide interest in our fortunes increase gradually, plenty of news outlets continue to focus their attention elsewhere, making Fifield's epic season preview all the more welcome from my perspective. It gets said a lot but Dom really has left no stone unturned, putting together a feature so detailed that only a genuine supporter could have written it.

As we all know, the departure of Sam Allardyce came as a huge shock, with the eventual appointment of Frank de Boer, following an exhaustive interview process has been met with a mixture of intrigue and excitement by the Eagles faithful. It's a risk, and as you would expect, Fifield has summarised the possible teething problems associated with the Dutchman's appointment masterfully. Mixed in with quotes from the man himself, the preview paints a wide-angle picture of the cultural hurdles Frank may come up against in the early stages of his tenure, without ever veering into the realms of hysterical hand-wringing.

Thanks to the signings of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jairo Riedewald, we've been given a glance into the style de Boer will seemingly be looking to implement in SE25 over the next few years but as Dom points out, the league is a brutal one that offers no honeymoon period for tactical idealists. It's that compromise between perfection and pragmatism that Frank must get right between now and May; in the piece attached above, we gain an insight into how he's likely to go about it.


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  • Spiceboy August 3, 2017 - 10:00 am Reply

    Good piece although we desperately need reinforcements. Keeper, right/centre back, back up winger, back up striker. Sell Mutch, sakho, wickham as well to lower wage bill and generate funds

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 3, 2017 - 10:32 am Reply

      Who would buy Wickham whilst he is injured?

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 3, 2017 - 10:34 am Reply

    Great read. I agree that our infrastructure doesn’t match our status, heck, even the website was low tech until a few months ago. Be interesting to see if the training ground/youth academy etc. do get upgraded as that is the Ajax way.

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