VIDEO: A Superb Analysis Of The Tactical Issues FdB Has Had At CPFC

0 Posted by - August 25, 2017 - News, Video

The first two Premier League games of Frank de Boer’s tenure as Crystal Palace manager have both ended in defeat, leading plenty of fans to question whether he is the right man for the job. The video attached below does a fantastic job of explaining exactly where things have been going wrong.

This video is a wonderful analysis of the troubles De Boer has had. I agree with every single word of it.

Whilst it’s always easy for fans to write off a foreign manager as simply being unsuitable to the Premier League, the clip attached just above does a fantastic job of explaining the subtle issues which are creating huge hurdles for the Dutchman in the early stages of his time in SE25. As is often the case with best analysis of the game, you’ll likely find yourself nodding along with every part of the explanations, before hoping that Frank himself is pointed towards the video’s existence before the arrival of Swansea at Selhurst Park this weekend.

Although I am the first person to admit that there are plenty of teething problems to deal with under the stewardship of the former Ajax man, I’m a long way from being prepared to throw the towel in just yet. In essence, his understanding of the game, respect amongst the squad and desire to succeed should all point towards him making a success of things in south London but as the above video demonstrates, he’ll need to tweak a fair few things tactically before he can expect positive results to start rolling in on a regular basis.

It’s been a tricky few months for Palace fans; most of whom are keen to see the team grow stylistically but remain worried about our survival prospects on the basis of what they’ve seen so far this term.

The battle between pride and pragmatism is one which Frank de Boer needs to win before the walls start to close in around him. Let’s hope we see something positive from him and his players against Paul Clement’s side this weekend.


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  • Pete B August 25, 2017 - 10:40 am Reply

    A great analysis Dan (how on earth do you find this stuff?), but it stops short of the Liverpool game which, apparently, showed some improvement.
    Additionally, there was evidence of a willingness by Frank to change the system a bit vs. Ipswich during the second half which made a big difference. Or was that just Andros coming on?
    We do need to give him time but we also desperately need to beat Swansea tomorrow (without Wilf). COYP!

    • admin August 25, 2017 - 10:44 am Reply

      Haha! I’m pretty well versed in scouting the internet for this sort of thing having been running the site so long, Pete. We did look better against Liverpool and FdB did show a willingness to adapt against Ipswich.

      We do need something tomorrow though, you’re right.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 25, 2017 - 11:03 am Reply

    I am still of the belief that the problem is higher up. Board/recruitment take an age to get anything sorted and there is little contingency planning. Allardyce leaving caught us off guard and there were no replacements lined up. We then took an age to appoint a successor. Dyche, Silva, Pellegrino all came and went before FDB finally signed.

    FDB has since been given the financial equivalent of a bag of magic beans to try and transform the squad into a ball playing side which has resulted in us signing 3 players all below the age of 23. In the meantime the areas of the squad that need addressing still haven’t been filled – GK, RWB, ST.

    It seems all of our transfer business – both managerial and players – drags on for an age and a lot of the time, other teams come along and snatch the deal from under us. What Parish et. al. don’t realise is is that by taking so long the cost of deals is even higher as players/clubs know we are desperate for players and the team has had a poor start.

    Hopefully Freedman will work on this to make us much more streamlined and hush hush.

  • Caroline Too August 25, 2017 - 11:13 am Reply

    I don’t get to see Palace games nowadays, so all I say comes with question marks all around it!

    Our direct play, over the last few years, has done well against teams who come at us, but we lose at home or whenever a team packs the pitch in front of us… isn’t that why we keep losing to poor teams?

    Interestingly, this analysis didn’t include Cabaye or McCarthy…. Wouldn’t Yohan make a difference?

    The right wing back situation does look a worry – with little talk of a purchase there!

    I guess what worries me from up here in Merseyside is that maybe the American financiers are getting cold feet – no stadium announcement and no significant purchase this summer…

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