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.
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.