After a fine debut season in the Premier League saw him named the Leicester City Players’ Player of the Year in 2015, followed by his arrival at Selhurst Park a couple of years later, Crystal Palace winger Jeffrey Schlupp has established himself as a first-team regular starter under Roy Hodgson in recent years.
The Ghana international has made over a hundred appearances for Palace in all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying nine assists so far. However, his overall display against Newcastle United was arguably one of his worst since he moved to south London from the East Midlands.
Whilst Schlupp may have been left feeling a little bit aggrieved after Jordan Ayew fired wide from close range after the break, he produced a shocking performance against Steve Bruce’s side, with the Magpies managing to keep him quiet for the most part of the game.
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old picked up an abysmal rating of 5.9 out of ten for his efforts, which was by far the worst of any Palace on the pitch.
Schlupp failed to register a single key pass, despite the fact he played the full 90′ minutes, whilst he lost possession 15 times and only won five out of his 19 duels in total too (26%).
It’s a far cry from the kind of performances he put in last season, where he scored three times and supplied an assist in 18 games in the Premier League, via WhoScored.
With Wilfried Zaha currently sidelined due to a positive coronavirus test, the stage was arguably set for Schlupp to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up, after being benched for the past two games against Leeds United and Burnley.
But the £9m-rated ace failed to make the most of the opportunity as he drew blank against the Magpies, having spurned a golden opportunity to take the lead after goalkeeper Karl Darlow denied him in the first half.
Playing upfront for the first time this season, he couldn’t provide the cutting edge on Friday night, and looked increasingly isolated on the ball as the Eagles once again failed to find the back of the net for the second time in as many matches.
Palace were left to rue their missed chances after Callum Wilson and Joelinton scored two late goals which means Hodgson will have to go back to the drawing board before they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion on Sunday .
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