Here’s Why I Would Love Ladapo To Start Against Manchester United

1 Posted by - September 29, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

With Crystal Palace unable to call on the services of Christian Benteke against Manchester United tomorrow plenty of Eagles fans expect Bakary Sako to be tasked with leading the line at Old Trafford but speaking from a purely personal perspective, I’d love to see Roy Hodgson put his faith in 24-year-old striker Freddie Ladapo.

Now, before I go any further, I feel it’s only right to point out that I’m fully aware of the mountainous examples people can give as to why it’s not a particularly good idea. Having made his name in non-league football, Freddie only has 43 Football League appearances and seven goals to his name, none of which have come above League One level but with Roy Hodgson facing an attacking dilemma of truly epic proportions, I fail to see how things could be made much worse by giving Ladapo a chance to create a footballing fairytale on one of the game’s biggest global stages.

Despite having a £30 million striker at the head of the side in our opening six Premier League fixtures, Palace failed to find the net once; a trend which, at worst, Freddie can only continue if given an opportunity to impress. Yes, it would highlight our startling lack of depth up front but what’s the use in trying to hide that? Let’s be honest, thrusting former Wolves winger Bakary Sako into the spotlight at the Theatre of Dreams is hardly going to leave anyone outside the Palace bubble feeling as though everything is under control in SE25.

For me, the biggest plus from giving Ladapo a starting place against Mourinho’s men will be the effort he puts into leading the line. Just two years ago, Freddie was playing in the Isthmian League for Margate, no doubt feeling as though his tilt at stardom had been and gone, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that a lad with that sort of history in the game will run through figurative walls for 90 minutes if given the nod to play from the first kick in Manchester. He may not possess anything close to the sort of talent a top flight club expects from their starting striker but given our current predicament, I’d much rather take a punt on a possibly eyebrow raising performance than settling for a 3-0 defeat with the same narrative as previous weeks.

Although no official word has been given of our behind-closed-doors friendly against Bromley in midweek, the lads won 2-1 with Ladapo grabbing both goals. Now, I’m left hoping that Roy Hodgson throws caution to the wind and rolls the dice on Ladapo against United.

What’s the worst that could happen?

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9 Comments

  • Eric The Ninja September 29, 2017 - 7:24 am Reply

    Agreed. What’s to lose? And failing Freddie, does anyone have Danny Butterfield’s number?

    • admin September 29, 2017 - 7:25 am Reply

      How great would it be if he just randomly rocked up on the bench? Haha!

  • Phil H September 29, 2017 - 8:46 am Reply

    Agreed. Freddie would run his socks off for the full 90, chase defenders down, put himself about, and give 150%. Sometimes old fashioned elbow grease is what is needed, rolling sleeves up and showing the stars that a bit more effort is what is required.

    • admin September 29, 2017 - 8:47 am Reply

      This is the thing for me, Phil. I think every Palace fan knows it’s a ridiculous scenario but seeing a striker run through walls for 90 minutes will please me.

  • Graham September 29, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

    Rather Ladapo than an unfit & ageing Carlton Cole, who’s never exactly been prolific anyway & couldn’t cut it in Indonesia

  • JC September 29, 2017 - 9:08 am Reply

    I don’t think this guy would let us down, hope it happens.

  • patrick Gomollon September 29, 2017 - 10:04 am Reply

    Agree with Eric – what is the point of Freddie if we don’t give people a chance in these drastic times, even if we lose by 5 or even9-0. the board are to blame for the situation we in by not regularly investing in the team as its paid to do so we don’t get in these situations and making ourselves a laughing stock around the world. If we lose our place in the premier league then then the supporters should all blame the board for not preparing properly.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 29, 2017 - 10:11 am Reply

    As you said. The worst that can happen is he won’t score, something a £30m striker hasn’t managed to do so far this season.

    Lapado will lead the line and gives other non-league/academy players hope of making the first team if the opportunity arises.

    • admin September 29, 2017 - 10:12 am Reply

      Seems like every single comment is on the same page, JFB. Is that a first in the history of HLTCO?!

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