Crystal Palace’s 5-3 thriller with Bournemouth saw Eagles boss Roy Hodgson give rare minutes to both Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham, who came on for Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi, while the former England boss also handed a first league appearance to academy prospect Luke Dreher.
The midfielder was brought on in place of Andros Townsend in the dying minutes and nearly managed to get on the scoresheet, although he was beaten to the lofted ball into the box.
Having seen the huge impact that Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had since breaking through to the first team from the youth setup, the 20-year-old will surely be targeting a big 2019/20 season and hoping that he can play his way into the starting XI.
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With the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer, James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic to compete with for a starting berth, Dreher will have his work cut out for him, but it’s surely a challenge he’s ready to undertake.
Here’s what the Selhurst Park faithful had to say to the starlet on Twitter post-match…
Some lovely touches when you came on, well done Luke!! Big season next year 👊❤️💙🦅
— chris (@chrispd77) May 12, 2019
Excellent debut, Luke. Some great touches and nearly a goal. ❤️??
— Julian Chenery (@julianchenery) May 12, 2019
Big big season for you next year I can feel it, having got past that massive set back already the only way is up!! I’m certain you’ll have a role to play next season and I’m so excited for you to go and do us proud❤️?
— Liam© (@liamb0117) May 12, 2019
Been waiting for this. Next year is your year
— Robbie Scotcher (@RobbieScotcher) May 12, 2019
Hopefully next season you break out look quality lad ?❤️
— fin? (@cpfcfin) May 12, 2019
Looked calm and collective on the ball. Even could of had a goal! Bright talent..
— Kim (@kim24000) May 12, 2019
Hope we get to see more of you next season!
— Clare Causton (@clarejc83) May 12, 2019
Well done Luke ??. See you next season ??
— mark ransførd ???????? (@rayns250) May 12, 2019