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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 08 May 21 5.16pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend

...do the prep for next season.

Only a few games left.

With so many players out of contract....is it time to ignore some of our older journeymen ?

and see if our kids are ready to step up ?

Or would you prefer to play our existing squad and push to finish as high up the table as possible ?

Next season will be tough, isn't it always ?

play the risky kids ? or play the safe men ?

 


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View Eaglehamster's Profile Eaglehamster Flag Storrington 08 May 21 5.20pm Send a Private Message to Eaglehamster Add Eaglehamster as a friend

Originally posted by PalazioVecchio

...do the prep for next season.

Only a few games left.

With so many players out of contract....is it time to ignore some of our older journeymen ?

and see if our kids are ready to step up ?

Or would you prefer to play our existing squad and push to finish as high up the table as possible ?

Next season will be tough, isn't it always ?

play the risky kids ? or play the safe men ?

Time to experiment. Our "best" aren't that likely to accrue many points anyway given our last games.

 


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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 08 May 21 6.35pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

The U18s may still have something to play for depending on the Chelsea v Fulham result next week. If Fulham fail to win that game our lads have the small matter of a final against Citeh or Manure for the right to play on the U19 Euro equivalent of the Champions League next season, played on the same nights as the CL matches - an opportunity to play against the best youngsters in Europe.

The U23s will be involved in the play-offs for promotion.

Given the investment we've made in the Academy, these challenges might just take priority.

 

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View Elwissthebest's Profile Elwissthebest Flag Marlborough 08 May 21 6.50pm Send a Private Message to Elwissthebest Add Elwissthebest as a friend

Good points all.
I'd like to see some sort of preparation for next season begin now, rather than just go through the motions for the next four games. Presumably, the decision about whether to offer e.g. Benteke another contract doesn't depend on how he performs in the remaining matches. So start Mateta in each remaining game? There doesn't seem much point playing Batshuayi any more as he would seem to have blotted his copy book this season.
It could always be argued that as a team of professionals, Palace should field its strongest side in every game as our remaining results might have a bearing on the top six finish. I don't think any of our remaining games has a bearing on relegation issues, but, if we were in a relegation scrap, we would hope that no team in the Premiership would just play as if the result didn't matter. Wolves' performance against Burnley must have profoundly disappointed Allardyce.

 

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View Rachid Rachid Rachid's Profile Rachid Rachid Rachid Flag 08 May 21 8.08pm Send a Private Message to Rachid Rachid Rachid Add Rachid Rachid Rachid as a friend

Originally posted by PalazioVecchio

...do the prep for next season.

Only a few games left.

With so many players out of contract....is it time to ignore some of our older journeymen ?

and see if our kids are ready to step up ?

Or would you prefer to play our existing squad and push to finish as high up the table as possible ?

Next season will be tough, isn't it always ?

play the risky kids ? or play the safe men ?

Not the way it works IMO. At the top level (and lower levels) of competitive sport egos are big and places are earnt.

Start messing about with that dynamic and no manager lasts long.


 

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View bifffabazz's Profile bifffabazz Flag Highworth, Wiltshire 09 May 21 8.21am Send a Private Message to bifffabazz Add bifffabazz as a friend

I doubt we'll see a single young player starting any match under Roy and he pretty much said as much pre-Sheff U.
He is loyal to those who have played thus far and clearly doesn't want to deny any of the current players their match fees. I mean, poor loves, how are they gonna feed their families and Ferraris?

It would be wonderful to blood some of the impressive talent that we have but Roy's not got the temperament or inclination to do it.

 


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View dreamwaverider's Profile dreamwaverider Flag 09 May 21 8.37am Send a Private Message to dreamwaverider Add dreamwaverider as a friend

Originally posted by bifffabazz

I doubt we'll see a single young player starting any match under Roy and he pretty much said as much pre-Sheff U.
He is loyal to those who have played thus far and clearly doesn't want to deny any of the current players their match fees. I mean, poor loves, how are they gonna feed their families and Ferraris?

It would be wonderful to blood some of the impressive talent that we have but Roy's not got the temperament or inclination to do it.

How depressing

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 09 May 21 8.44am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by bifffabazz

He is loyal to those who have played thus far and clearly doesn't want to deny any of the current players their match fees. I mean, poor loves, how are they gonna feed their families and Ferraris?

I'm not sure that you understand the meaning of the word "clearly" as your comment is anything but clear

 

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View Painter's Profile Painter Flag Croydon 09 May 21 8.50am Send a Private Message to Painter Add Painter as a friend

Originally posted by Eaglehamster

Time to experiment. Our "best" aren't that likely to accrue many points anyway given our last games.

So let's play the untried youngsters and get hammered, along with their confidence.

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 09 May 21 8.50am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by bifffabazz

I doubt we'll see a single young player starting any match under Roy and he pretty much said as much pre-Sheff U.
He is loyal to those who have played thus far and clearly doesn't want to deny any of the current players their match fees. I mean, poor loves, how are they gonna feed their families and Ferraris?

It would be wonderful to blood some of the impressive talent that we have but Roy's not got the temperament or inclination to do it.

Do you think players donít get paid if they donít play? How very 1800s of you!

 

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 09 May 21 9.23am Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Hodgson made it very clear post-Sheff U that the most we can expect is one or two tweaks so as to give some players a rest but no wholesale changes and no giving a player a game for the sake of it. He was adamant about putting out a competitive team for each of the remaining games. He is right to say that. This is professional sport and the integrity of the league demands that clubs put out a team they think can get a result.

 

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View TheBigToePunt's Profile TheBigToePunt Flag 09 May 21 9.54am Send a Private Message to TheBigToePunt Add TheBigToePunt as a friend

Originally posted by Spiderman

Do you think players donít get paid if they donít play? How very 1800s of you!

I was going to say that. 'Match Fees?!'. Been a while since I heard of a footballer on an appearance bonus. I suppose its not impossible, but I doubt it's actually a factor in team selection.

What would be interesting is if any of the players say they are not in the right frame of mind to play if not offered a new contract. The club's line has been that contact talks will not commence until we are safe, but now we are. Why would the out of contract players risk an injury in dead rubber games when it could have such an effect on their futures?

 

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