Having seemingly been around for years, it’s easy to forget that Connor Wickham is just 22-years-old. He made his professional debut before taking his GCSEs, but a promising start at Ipswich Town gave way to setbacks at Sunderland. Now at Palace, he’s hoping that he can get back on track and fulfil the considerable promise that could yet see him become one of the league’s most lethal goalscorers.
Yohan Cabaye’s much heralded arrival last month sent out a strong signal of intent to the rest of the Premier League that the Eagles will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015/16, and his goal at Norwich City last weekend gave him the perfect start. With our club record signing already hitting his stride, just sit back and enjoy watching the midfield artist create the first of many masterpieces on the green canvas that is Selhurst Park this season.
Next week sees Mile Jedinak jet 10,000 miles from London to Melbourne with a single aim - to become the first Australian to lift the Asian Cup in his nation's history. Having seen the trophy slip through his grasp four years ago, the Socceroos skipper is hoping that this time home advantage will allow the Green and Gold to grab the silverware.
Last time Liverpool were in town, Julian Speroni thought it was his last performance for an adoring Selhurst audience with the curtain seemingly falling on his 10 year Palace tale. But thankfully a new deal penned in the summer has prolonged his stay, and ensured a testimonial at the end of the season for which there will be standing room only as a club legend takes a deserved bow.
For the last two years Yannick Bolasie has been hunting down defences in the Championship and the Premier League and now he is beginning to make his mark on the international scene too. Once tonight's game with the Black Cats is done, it's a rather larger feline that the winger will turn his attention towards as he crosses continents to represent the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are a whisker away from qualifying for January's Africa Cup of Nations.
For the third transfer window in a row, Thomas Ince was one of the hottest commodities in British football. Over the past 18 months a host of clubs from these shores and further afield were chasing his signature but with minutes to spare on deadline day he pledged his immediate future to Palace. With his spot in the Premier League assured, he explains why he is now aiming to help the Eagles keep theirs.
Monday night's result against Fulham confirmed what most expected this season - Palace are going to be involved in a relegation dogfight. With every point vital even at this early stage, the Eagles are going to have to battle and scrap their way to pull themselves away from danger. It's a situation Marouane Chamakh isn't used to, but he's relishing the challenge.
This feature first appeared in the Crystal Palace v Lazio matchday programme - 10th August 2013. As soon as today's fixture was announced between the English and Italian Eagles, memories were immediately rekindled to the one man to have represented both clubs. After winning the hearts of the Palace fans during the late '90s, Attilio Lombardo... Continue Reading →