AUDIO: Townsend Sums Up The Dilemma Facing Palace & FdB

1 Posted by - August 15, 2017 - Audio, News

Plenty of column inches have been dedicated to Crystal Palace's decision to bring in Dutchman Frank de Boer over the last few days but few have managed to summarise the crossroads that the Eagles are facing better than BBC pundit Andy Townsend.

This clip, whilst not earth-shattering, perfectly crystalises the dilemma facing Palace this season.

Whilst the manner of our weekend loss to David Wagner's Terriers may have been shocking, the issues which caused us to fall to an opening day defeat had been discussed at length by supporters in the weeks leading up to the fixture.

Given the Eagles preferred tactical set-up in the years leading up to de Boer's arrival, it's no real surprise to see the squad struggling to implement a system which leans so heavily on possession and patience, rather than frantic counter-attacks but as Townsend discusses so eloquently via the link at the top of page; it will provide a hugely interesting sideline for the media to keep an eye on over the next nine months.

From a personal perspective, it does feel as though there is a desire across our fan-base to see de Boer's shift in style succeed but alongside that, no one is losing sight of the fact that the Dutchman earns his money in a result-driven business, with no leeway whatsoever given to those who require a settling in period.

In truth, Townsend's words, although put across in plain English, drive straight to the heart of the conundrum facing de Boer and the club as a whole throughout the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. It is a clash of cultures, albeit one that both parties are entering into completely voluntarily. How it will all work out remains to be seen but we can say with absolute certainty that it won't be boring for supporters or neutrals to watch.

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  • Richard C August 15, 2017 - 8:48 am Reply

    Ha ha, even the pundits have no more clue than the rest of us what is going to happen, but everyone I have listened to has their doubts about our ability to play that style which is what concerns me.

    • admin August 15, 2017 - 9:23 am Reply

      It’s struck me as ironic in the last few days that the Palace “DNA” is looked upon as somehow lesser than the passing style of Ajax, Barca etc.

      It did, after all, give us five straight years in the Premier League. I’m not pouring scorn on FdB’s methods, just saying that we should perhaps value what we’ve already got a little more.

  • Phil H August 15, 2017 - 9:00 am Reply

    In business if you make the strategic shift from high volume but low value customers to low volume but high value customers, unless you make the switch gradually there is a real chance of going bust.

    Similarly a switch from low possession but high counter attack to high possession but low counter attack is a risky one and you could get relegated before the switch has been bedded in.

    • admin August 15, 2017 - 9:24 am Reply

      Blimey Phil, it’s not even 10:30 yet… Haha!

      You are of course, spot on though.

  • Richard C August 15, 2017 - 9:22 am Reply

    Phil, now there is an analogy, which sums up my thoughts on the matter 100%

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