Patrick Vieira has had a solid start at Palace since taking over last summer, impressing as the side is currently chasing a top-half finish in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Chelsea.
With a good start behind him, Vieria will be aiming to build on this and push Palace to their limits next season, doing so requires the manager to keep his best players at the club.
Schlupp’s former manager Roy Hodgson lavished “incredible” praise on him during his tenure and keeping him will go a long way in Palace achieving success next season.
The midfielder completes 1.38 dribbles per game which ranks him in the 89th percentile among similar positioned players across Europe’s top-five leagues. He also takes an impressive 2.81 touches in the opposition box per game, which puts him in the 92nd percentile.
These are fantastic stats that prove just how much of an attacking threat he is, and Palace could save themselves a small fortune in the summer by offering him a new contract, rather than searching for a player who isn’t tried and tested in the division.
Still only 29, Schlupp has a lot to offer and it could arguably be said that he is just at the peak of his playing career. With that in mind, supporters would surely hate to see him depart after all the time invested in his career so far.
Vieira and Palace look like a good match thus far and it will be interesting to see where he can take them in the future.