In comments made after Palace’s 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Wednesday evening (via Leeds Live), Patrick Vieira confirmed that Michael Olise’s withdrawal shortly before half-time came as a result of injury, with the Frenchman going on to reveal that the winger has been struggling with a knock to his foot for the last fortnight.
Regarding the current condition of the 20-year-old, Vieira said: “We know that Michael had some issues with his foot in the last couple of weeks. We started him today, but he wasn’t 100% so the best decision was to take him off.”
Considering how exciting a talent Olise has proven himself to be following his £8m move from Reading last summer, the news that the forward is now a doubt for the Eagles’ meeting with Leeds next week is sure to have left Jesse Marsch buzzing.
Indeed, over his 23 Premier League appearances this season, the £25m-rated talent has been a bundle of creativity on the Palace flanks, scoring two goals, registering five assists and creating seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.7 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
The France U21 international’s manager is also clearly excited about the winger’s potential, with Vieira stating of Olise after Palace’s FA Cup win over Hartlepool back in February:
“When you look at the last round and this one, he played well. He can score goals, create chances and he is a special talent. He will improve and get better as a player. His work ethic every day has been terrific since he has been at the football club.
“There is still a long way to go. He still needs to improve some parts of the game but he is doing well and playing with a lot of confidence. His teammates trust him a lot to give him the ball and that is a good sign, so he has to keep working and keep improving himself.”
As such, it is clear for all to see that the 20-year-old being a doubt for the visit of Leeds on Monday evening will come as a huge boost to the Whites’ chances of returning to Elland Road with all three points in tow – a result that would all but confirm the club’s Premier League status for at least another season.