Roy Hodgson must axe Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann from the starting line-up after the two-time former England U21 international produced a poor performance against Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.
Hodgson handed Dann his fifth consecutive start of the season on Friday night, which was his sixth appearance in all competitions so far this season, having played the full 90′ minutes in the defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday.
But the busy schedule has evidently taken its toll on the 33-year-old as he was made to toil against the Magpies, with Joelinton coming closest to breaking the deadlock before the break.
Dann has arguably been one of the club’s best players in recent years but it’s fair to say that the defensive stalwart had a night to forget on Friday as his overall display was rather disappointing.
He gifted Joelinton a golden opportunity as he misplaced a pass on the edge of the box just before the break, before he was then outmuscled by the Brazilian striker, although Vicente Guiata spared his blushes with a fine save, and he was one of several Palace players at fault for the first goal in the closing stages of the game.
There was more misery for Dann as the Magpies piled on the pressure with Callum Wilson and Joelinton combining to take an unassailable lead.
Palace were put under pressure for large parts of the game but the defender only made one tackle. As per SofaScore, he failed to block a single shot throughout the game and was dribbled past twice – which was the most out of any Palace player on the pitch.
On top of that, he lost possession of the ball 17 times, so it’s quite surprising he played the full 90′ minutes, given the nature of his performance.
Keeping that in mind, Hodgson simply must give him a rest, that’s for sure, as the £2.5m-rated colossus has started to show signs that he is close to a burnout.
The Palace boss could use the Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion as the ideal opportunity to rest his weary legs, with James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho both capable of stepping in and doing a job against the top-flight strugglers.
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