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.
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.