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Crystal Palace: Will Hughes takes his chance as Palace beat Everton

Crystal Palace returned to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 home victory over struggling Everton, having lost their previous three Premier League games.

Chelsea-loanee Conor Gallagher scored either side of James Tomkin’s second-half goal, with Everton’s Solomon Rondon managing a consolation for the Toffees.

Patrick Vieira opted to make a couple of changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Manchester United last weekend, handing summer signing Will Hughes a full debut in midfield.

In a game where Hughes’ fellow midfielder Gallagher scored twice, the Englishman’s performance could’ve easily been overlooked, however, he took his opportunity impressively.

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The summer signing from Watford slotted into the Palace midfield expertly, completing 40 of his 43 passes, a passing accuracy of 93%.

Moreover, the 26-year-old won 61.5% of his duels and made 59 touches during his 73 minutes of action, as well as creating one big chance and therefore receiving an overall rating of 7.4/10, according to SofaScore.

In fact, the £6.3m-rated midfielder was so impressive that he came off to a standing ovation from the Palace faithful, certainly leaving an impression on the crowd at Selhurst Park.

It has certainly been a frustrating first couple of months for the former Watford man, playing just ten minutes of Premier League football prior to Sunday, having joined the South London club for a fee reportedly rising to £10m.

The recent injury to James McArthur suggested that the midfielder could’ve been in line for his long-awaited opportunity, however, Hughes had to wait even longer until Vieira gave him his chance in the place of Jeff Schlupp, who had a poor game against United last weekend.

It’s believed that McArthur will struggle to be fit in time for the Eagles’ next game at home to Southampton on Wednesday night, meaning that Hughes could be in line for a second consecutive start for Palace.

After the success of his full debut against Everton, a second start would certainly be justified.

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