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Palace lightweight James McArthur massively let Hodgson down vs West Brom

Crystal Palace beat West Bromwich Albion on their own home turf as Roy Hodgson’s side scored five goals away from Selhurst Park for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Hodgson handed Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha starts, and the forwards repaid the favour as they both bagged a brace to put the game beyond the Baggies after Darnell Furlong scored an unfortunate own goal to give the Eagles the well-deserved lead.

Palace are now 11th in the table as a result, three points away from the top four, whilst West Brom remain in the bottom three.

However, there was one Palace player’s performance in particular that may have taken some of the shine off the team’s most recent success.

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Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke

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Eberechi Eze

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Whilst the Ivory Coast international shined at the top of the pitch, James McArthur struggled to make much of an impression in the midfield.

The Eagles broke their transfer record at the time to sign the midfielder from Wigan Athletic for £7m in 2014.

Since then, McArthur has become one of their most reliable players, having made over 200 appearances for Palace, but this was a game he will want to forget all about as they travel back to Selhurst Park.


Per SofaScore, the 33-year-old received a low rating of 6.7 out of ten for his efforts, which was the second-lowest rating out of any other Palace player on the pitch.

He also won just three out of nine ground duels, only won two out of four aerial duels, and was dribbled past three times – the most out of every other player from both teams in total – as he struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Not only did the central midfielder look uncharacteristically lightweight, but he was also largely anonymous as well, as Luka Milivojevic and Cheikou Kouyate both took more touches of the ball.

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However, he did manage to register an assist as he fed Zaha with a deft touch on the left of the area.

He also committed a cynical foul on Chelsea loanee Connor Gallagher in the centre circle shortly after the break.

McArthur has scored 19 goals and supplied 18 assists in 217 games for the Eagles in all competitions, whilst his market value is estimated at £4.5m, via Transfermarkt.

Given Jairo Riedewald’s emergence so far this season, the former Scotland international was under increased pressure to deliver in the midfield, as competition for places has arguably never been higher.

However, it’s fair to say that the sooner he forgets about his latest individual display, the better.

AND in other news, Imagine him and Riedewald: Crystal Palace must swoop for “intelligent” dynamo…

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