We’re now just a few days away from the final international break of 2017 ending, meaning that Palace will soon return to Premier League action. Ahead of this weekend’s game against Everton, midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been talking about life in SE25, coming across in a remarkably positive manner, regardless of our lowly league position.
After Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s eyebrow-raising display for England against Germany on Friday night, the Frenchman has spoken glowingly of the 21-year-old, insisting that he will go on to be a key player for his country in years to come. From a Palace perspective, I feel it’s important to mention how little opportunity we’ve had to see Yohan, Ruben, Zaha and Benteke playing in the same eleven this season. Whilst I wouldn’t want to make a complete fool out of myself by making bold predictions, it’s difficult to see us staying so far down in the table if that foursome do manage to get a run of games together between now and Christmas.
Having been spoken about as the sort of player who would really relish working with Frank de Boer back in the summer, it’s encouraging to hear Yohan speaking so positively about his working relationship with Roy Hodgson, who seems to have won over most if not all of the first-team squad in his short stint in charge. Obviously, we are yet to discover if he has what it takes to drag us away from the threat of relegation but so far, there has been a marked improvement in our performances under his stewardship.
Lastly and perhaps most predictably, the Frenchman pays tribute to the Palace faithful who have continued to stick by the team despite our worryingly poor early season form. Plenty will see his words on the supporters as nothing more than a box ticking exercise but those of you who remember how passionately he celebrated his goal against Arsenal at Selhurst Park last season will think twice before rubbishing the sentiments he expresses.