4 Shots, 3 Tackles, 3 Interceptions, Palace Man Proved Thousands Wrong Vs Fulham

1 Posted by - February 5, 2019 - News

He’s a player who’s come in for all sorts of stick from supporters (including me) since signing for the club but on Saturday, Jeffrey Schlupp showed exactly why Roy Hodgson is so keen to involve him in first-team duties from week to week. 

Statistically the best player on the field according to whoscored.com, the Ghana international caused Fulham all manner of problems, managing to top a fine display off with a goal in the 87th minute to provide the icing on the cake. 

With four shots, (the most of anyone on the pitch) three interceptions, (the most of any Palace player) and three tackles (the second most of any Palace player) Jeff gave the side something in both defence and attack across the 90 minutes, keeping even his harshest of critics from having anything to beat him over the head with at the final whistle. 

There is no doubt that Schlupp is one of Hodgson’s favourites, you only need to look at the amount of game-time he gets to realise that but for a manager who has been in the industry so long, the former Leicester man’s versatility is probably see as a huge strength during each and every contest. On one hand, the fact that Jeff doesn’t really occupy a specific role in the side can be perceived as a weakness but alongside that, it literally means that Roy can and will throw him into almost any position on the pitch, including that of a striker. 

It’s important to note that I have been a vocal critic of Schlupp on many an occasion but credit where it’s due, he was superb for us on Saturday. To me, he’s like a handyman capable of semi-fixing any problem you’ve got for a short period of time; a Jack of all trades and a master of none. That isn’t a criticism despite how it may sound, teams like players like that, who are selfless enough to fill in wherever needed without moaning, in terms of team morale and tactical flexibility that’s vital. 

In an ideal world would I rather see Max Meyer starting in midfield over Jeff? I’d be lying if I said no but I am starting to understand why the gaffer is so enamoured by him and his ability to adapt to a multitude of scenarios dependent on the opponent. 

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4 Comments

  • TonyN February 5, 2019 - 7:55 am Reply

    The two reasons I keep my mouth shut about Jeff, one he is our patch to fix a problem for a game or even half a game and second he interchanges with PvA better than anyone. Anyone else on the left side will not watch where PvA is and provide cover. Having been used as a left back he is more tactically aware than say Bak or Wilf in reference to defence. I am sure PvA feels more comfortable as well knowing if he joins the attack there is less likely to be a big hole.

  • Ben February 5, 2019 - 9:06 am Reply

    There been times when I’ve wondered how the hell he got a PL champions medal but agree, he played well on Saturday. I must say though I felt all the players lifted themselves a bit on Saturday, I’ve said it before but even Ayew contributed and had a good game. Not taking anything away from Schlupp though, he did play very well. TonyN has some good points to about his interactions with PVA.

  • tzcar February 5, 2019 - 9:27 am Reply

    AGREE WITH ALL THAT,S BEEN SAID ABOVE.

  • Gordon February 5, 2019 - 10:12 am Reply

    I’m so pleased Schlupp is getting some plaudits now. He’s previously taken some stick – and not always fairly imo. Under big Sam we splashed serious cash (by the then current prices) to get 2 players to fill our LB void and I think Schlupp’s price tag has sometimes been held against him. When selected he’s played more often than not at LW when our team movement was far less fluent and fluid than it is currently. He could get isolated, lose possession & misplace passes – huge frustration all round.
    But more recently – with Zaha in a more advanced role and the team playing with more self-confidence and composure – Schlupp hasn’t been tied to the wing and has been given more of an opportunity to show what he can do. I rate Meyer very highly, but can see why RH might select Schlupp before him. Meyer was involved in the build up to Schlupp’s goal on Saturday. Both he & Townsend worked so well to create a bit of space for Batshuayi. So it’s not just a case of Schlupp or Meyer. RH really does have options & cover all over the pitch now.

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