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Palace substitute Wickham makes excellent impact

Connor Wickham came off the bench to make a major impact for Crystal Palace against Norwich City on Wednesday.

On the chalkboard

The striker scored his first Premier League goal since November 2016 to rescue a point for the Eagles against the Canaries.

Introduced on the hour mark in place of Max Meyer, Wickham turned the ball home from Wilfried Zaha’s cross with five minutes of the game remaining.

And, all in all, this was a superb performance from the former Sunderland striker.

Per WhoScored, he had just 17 touches of the ball and needed just one shot at goal to score.

He also completed one dribble, laid on one key pass and won four aerial duels, more than any of his team-mates.

As impacts go, the 26-year-old was a game-changer on New Year’s Day.

Did he really play for us?! No Palace fan has managed to name all of these obscure Eagles signings….

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Who is this obscure former Palace player?

Deserves to start

Wickham ought to be rewarded with a place in the team.

Jordan Ayew started the game up front, having scored five goals in the Premier League this term.

However, he has netted just once in his last 11 games. Christian Benteke, by comparison, hasn’t scored at all this season.

Should Connor Wickham start regularly for Palace?

He deserves it!

He deserves it!

No way!

No way!

Wickham, of course, could well be a flash in the pan, but he also registered an assist on Boxing Day against West Ham United. He has made just four appearances for Palace this term.

He has the ability to be a threat in the air and showed he can be a good poacher by stabbing home versus Daniel Farke’s men.

The forwards at Roy Hodgson’s disposal have hardly been prolific; Wickham deserves a go from the first whistle.

Meanwhile, Palace could be set to splash the cash

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