This Is Essential Reading For CPFC Fans Who Are Worried By FdB

2 Posted by - August 16, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

In the days since Palace fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield, the Eagles’ fan-base has been split between those who are keen to trust de Boer’s methods and those who are already resigned to it all ending in floods of tears; where you stand on the matter may well be altered by reading the piece attached just below.

This article examines the shift taking place at Selhurst Park. It’s a fantastic, albeit slightly scary read.

We all know the drill by now, Palace have carved out a niche for themselves in the Premier League as a side who like to sit deep, only to spring forward at pace, thanks to the talents of their wide attackers. It’s worked well until now but in Frank de Boer, the club have taken a bold step, tasking the Dutchman with removing the players from their comfort zone in the hope of building a more sustainable future both on and off the pitch.

We all knew it was a decision that was going to bring its fair share of teething problems but it’s far easier to preach patience in the heady days of mid-June than it is when seeing your team getting ripped apart by a club playing their first top tier game since 1972 just a few weeks later. Of course, everyone wants to buy into a long-term project with De Boer, a tactical disciple of the great Johan Cruyff, leading the charge but with tough games looming on the horizon each and every week in the Premier League, I am forced to wonder how much time the Oranje Revolution will be given by supporters.

In fairness, the trepidation being expressed by our supporters isn’t born purely out of feelings of mistrust towards passing football but instead, a burning desire to retain our place at English football’s top table after seven years of hard graft under the guidance of CPFC2010. It would be wonderful to see De Boer succeed in south London but if it comes alongside a drop into the second tier, few are likely to accept it as part of a bigger plan to progress.

I’m mentally prepared for the next few months to be a slog but as the piece at the top of the page states, we’ll need everyone to be on the same page for the foreseeable future if we intend to flourish under Frank’s watchful eye.

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  • Spiceboy August 16, 2017 - 12:43 pm Reply

    Hoppo I want to believe but we still have not bought a keeper, we are still short in attack, we have no real classy back up winger. 3-4-3 looked woeful. Ward is dire whereever he plays and should be sold. Benteke is a lazy git. Puncheon is past his best. Seriously I show me how the hell this 3-4-3 is gonna work? The defenders r kids tommo should be starting it’s a joke. Ward not one game pre-season as right wing back and he sticks him in poor management

    • admin August 16, 2017 - 12:57 pm Reply

      I honestly feel as though a GK, RWB & back-up to Benteke will make a world of difference. Takes Ward out of it, gives more authority in the 18-yard box and more competition at the head of the field.

  • Tony August 16, 2017 - 12:54 pm Reply

    I seem to remember watching Palace in the 80s under Venables when the keeper never kicked the ball out and we played a much more posession based / passing game so maybe its not qute true to say the counter-attacking way is in our DNA???

    • admin August 16, 2017 - 12:59 pm Reply

      Depends how far back you go I suppose, Tony. I’m 28 and have been going since 98, so it’s all I know really. It’s still a pretty long time in modern football when you think about it, although I take your point.

  • Tony August 16, 2017 - 12:59 pm Reply

    Maybe it was more like late 70’s?

    • admin August 16, 2017 - 1:06 pm Reply

      I know that Venables’ era was a tad special, style-wise.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 16, 2017 - 2:04 pm Reply

    Why has the board appointed a manager to do implement this style and then decided not to buy any players to suit the system? Everyone knows what we need so why don’t they dip their hands into the piggy bank? Part of me hopes the reason FDB made a few tactical blunders against the Terriers was to just hang a few of the players out to dry and show the board that some investment is needed.

    As much as CPFC2010 have improved the club on and off the field, one thing they are bad at is decisive transfer activity. Benteke, Cabeye, Mandanda, Fosu-Mensa, Riedewald all took an age to go through and it seems that the decision makers really sweat the small stuff which, when you really think about it, is less valuable than 3pts on the opening day.

    • admin August 16, 2017 - 2:32 pm Reply

      For me, getting FdB in with the aim of changing the system completely, only to then give him £8m to overhaul everything is akin to buying an Aston Martin and trying to run it on cooking oil.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 16, 2017 - 3:04 pm Reply

        This season it is actually a shame that Mandanda left. His style of play would have really suited FDB.

        • admin August 21, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

          It’s a real shame he didn’t give Frank a chance, I agree.

  • Brian Hobbs August 16, 2017 - 2:45 pm Reply

    I believe that we need to be patient and give FDB every chance, the Huddersfield result should have been no surprise to anyone looking at our pre season preparation which is in part why so many fans are so uneasy about the FDB revolution. You do not need to be a tactical genius to recognise that to change the playing style of a teams DNA takes enormous amounts of hard work which is why FDB had a full pre season but just like last season under Pardew we were woefully undercooked on Saturday. …players playing their first game in a new position untried all summer is baffling as is the introduction to the team of a young defender only purchased a dew hours earlier. …no Gk no back up striker all begin to raise significant doubts about the decision making potential of FDB wich in turns casts real doubt about the wisdom of his 343

    • admin August 21, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

      I’m beginning to wonder if Huddersfield’s performance against us was actually normal. They are still top after all… Haha!

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