Crystal Palace will be a bit more expansive and attacking under new manager Patrick Vieira, suggests The Athletic‘s Matt Woosnam.
Last season, Palace had exciting dribblers to call upon in star man Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze.
In fact, they were the top two dribblers in the Eagles’ squad, the former averaging 1.8 dribbles per league game and the latter 1.9 (via WhoScored).
Despite this, Palace’s football was not always easy on the eye under ex-boss Roy Hodgson, something some fans criticised the Englishman for.
With Vieira now at the helm, though, Woosnam is expecting a more exciting brand of football at Selhurst Park.
“Under Vieira, I think it’s going to be a bit more expansive, a bit more attacking, well significantly more compared to Roy Hodgson,” the Crystal Palace journalist told FFC.
“If you go by what he’s done before, he tends to be a little bit more attacking even if there were criticisms of him at Nice, for example, of not being able to sort of put a stamp on his particular style of play.”
As previously mentioned, some Palace fans were discontent with what they saw from the team under Hodgson at times, so hearing that Vieira could be bringing a more offensive game to SE25 will surely delight them.
It will now be interesting to see if the Frenchman can actually implement that successfully with the current squad of players he has.