VIDEO: Freddie Ladapo’s Best Goals – Can He Be Palace’s Saviour?

0 Posted by - September 26, 2017 - News, Video

With yesterday seeing confirmation that Palace striker Christian Benteke will be out of action for at least six weeks after sustaining ligament damage against Manchester City last weekend, it looks as though Eagles boss Roy Hodgson will have no option but to turn to 24-year-old former Margate striker Freddie Ladapo in between now and mid-November.

Whilst I’ll be the first one to admit that the mere thought of relying on a 24-year-old frontman with zero professional appearances above League One level is a tad ambitious, I’m never keen to completely write a player off before they’ve been given a fair crack of the whip when the pressure is really on.

Yes, this shift may be one made out of pure necessity but it is sometimes under these sorts of circumstances that you find a hidden gem that would have otherwise gone completely unnoticed. Indeed, we need only look at the meteoric rise of a certain Wilfried Zaha to see what can happen when an untested player is thrown in at the deep end without armbands, as he was by a certain George Burley in 2010.

For those of you who don’t know a great deal about Freddie’s path to the Palace first-team, he was signed in March of 2016 after a two-year spell in which he scored 30 goals for Grays Athletic and Margate spread over just 52 appearances. At first, the non-league man was given a trial by Palace but shortly after he bagged a hat-trick in an U23 match against Watford, he was rewarded with a two-and-a-half year contract.

Loan spells at Oldham and Shrewsbury have followed but until now, that’s as high up the Football League pyramid as Freddie has been allowed to climb. With Saturday seeing us make a second successive trip to Manchester to face the Premier League leaders, it’s difficult to think of a sterner possible test for Ladapo; if he passes it with flying colours, he’s likely to go down in Palace folklore forever more.

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18 Comments

  • Sharpy September 26, 2017 - 8:08 am Reply

    I can guarantee one thing and that is that we will have a striker that will be giving 150% for the full ninety mins which is something Benteke hasn’t always shown.

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 8:39 am Reply

      Harry Kane made a mark after being thrown in out of necessity…

  • TonyN September 26, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

    If Freddie doesn’t show the will power to play at this level, and not everyone does, can we really afford to wait till Xmas to get another striker? Said a few articles back but there are some recognised names who are out of contract that would fit the Palace style of play. been looking into free agents and Carlos de Pena was released by Boro in the summer so has a point to prove. If an unskilled former IT consultant could do that in no time at all then WTF is Dougie doing?

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 8:40 am Reply

      I wouldn’t point the finger at Dougie on this one Tony, recommendations are all he can make. We’ve all heard plenty about who actually decides transfer policy in recent weeks, I’ll leave that there… 😉

  • tzcar September 26, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

    what,s the chances of freddie doing a ian wright.no disrespesct.nil.how can u expect a novice to click fromthe off.although i will say.whose going to miss benteke.done nothing this season,will not be missed.maybe a good thing.the only answer available.get outside help.there are those around with premier experience,who can,t do any worse.but for the moment,come on freddie.

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 8:42 am Reply

      Thing with getting any free agent in now is that they will need at least 3-4 weeks to get up to speed fitness wise. Trust in Freddie, I know we have no choice on the matter but confidence is a wonderful thing.

  • Kevin September 26, 2017 - 10:29 am Reply

    Will prove we don’t need benteke… and younger player will fight and give 200%
    players won’t just look for benteke and maybe now take on responsibility and play ball to other players instead of just looking for one man,
    We have got good youth players, that can step up and prove themselves as next big name

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 10:39 am Reply

      I like your optimism, Kevin!

  • Pete Burch September 26, 2017 - 10:39 am Reply

    Only one way to find out… give him a go I say. And, while we’re about it, maybe try Bakary Sako up front too.

    Nothing to lose but plenty to gain. Sako sure gave 100% last Tuesday in the League Cup vs Huddersfield.

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 10:41 am Reply

      With little else to try, it may just work.

  • tom September 26, 2017 - 11:19 am Reply

    when Zaha is back im pretty sure he’ll be given a go up top, Ladapo is a big unit can certainly be able to physically over power some defences but skills wise ive yet to see too much, can only hope he improves over the next few months

  • tom September 26, 2017 - 11:22 am Reply

    any idea when Wickham is back btw?

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 12:05 pm Reply

      January/February I believe, Tom.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 26, 2017 - 1:01 pm Reply

        Is that return to training or match fit? Could be a while to he gets back to the promise he showed pre-injury.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 26, 2017 - 1:01 pm Reply

    All the worry over Benteke not being injured has suddenly left me today. We can go from not scoring any goals and losing a game with a £30m international striker leading the line to not scoring any goals and losing a game with a £30 non-league striker.

    (After writing this I now fully expect Lapado to score a Neil Shipperly style, off-the-knee goal and it be celebrated like a 50yrd rocket volley!)

  • G Yarnton September 26, 2017 - 1:03 pm Reply

    Give him a go please.

  • Richard C September 26, 2017 - 3:05 pm Reply

    I genuinely would like to see him given a go but I am pretty convinced he will play the same team as Man City but just swap Sako for Benteke.

    • admin September 26, 2017 - 3:08 pm Reply

      I think you’re probably right. The way I see it from a personal perspective, Freddie will run through walls throughout given the novelty of the scenario he’s being placed in. On a day when we will inevitably have our backs to the wall from the first minute, it makes sense to utilise that.

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