Player News - Crystal Palace

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Everton have stolen a march in the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha if reports in the British press are to be believed.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with the 25-year-old in recent times while Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have also joined the race for his signature. Although Roy Hodgson will be keen to hold onto his prize asset, new Everton boss Marco Silva is expected to sell Yannick Bolasie and Ademola Lookman to help raise funds and test Crystal Palace’s resolve with a bid in the region of £70m. News broke last weekend that Zaha had rejected a new and improved deal, said to be worth around £125k per week, alerting sides across Europe. Despite a disappointing stint at Manchester United back in 2013, Zaha is determined to prove himself at a ‘big club’ and feels his future lies away from Selhurst Park. Zaha was instrumental in helping Palace beat the drop. In the 9-games he missed during 2017/18, the Eagles failed to secure a single point while averaging just 0.3 goals per game.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 10 - 4:56 AM

Crystal Palace officially announced the club has brought back goalkeeper Julian Speroni for another season.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper will continue his 13-year stay at the club where he has made more than 400 appearances with another one-year contract to serve as a backup to Wayne Hennessey. It remains to be seen whether Roy Hodgson will make a move for another keeper this offseason, all eyes on relegated Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, but Palace know that they have plenty of Premier League experience to boot. Said Speroni: "I’ve been here so long at Crystal Palace that it’s my home, so I’m really pleased. It’s an honour and a pleasure for me to play in front of our fans, the love and support they’ve shown me over all these years has been magnificent and I just can’t thank them enough."
Jul 9 - 10:21 PM

Yohan Cabaye has turned his back on the Premier League following a move to the United Arab Emirates.

The former Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was one several out-of-contract players at Selhurst Park as the club stalled on offering new deals until their top-flight status could be secured. Speaking to Palace TV in May, Cabaye insisted: "I don’t know what the future holds. It was a hard, tough season so I will have a chat with my agent, the club and the chairman." But this week, Cabaye decided to end his stay in London, having agreed a two-year deal with Arabian Gulf side Al Nasr. On his departure, Eagles chairman Steve Parish paid tribute to the Frenchman: "I spoke to Yohan yesterday and he explained he wanted a different challenge. We wish him all the best and thank him for his time at Palace. We had some great moments together and he will always be welcome back."
Jul 7 - 3:03 AM

Crystal Palace announced that goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has signed a new three-year contract extension.

A day after signing defender Joel Ward to a new deal, the club has moved to lock down their starting keeper until the summer of 2021. It's a quick turnaround for the Eagles after looking to replace the Welsh international at this time last year, only for Hennessey to make 29 starts last season. Said the keeper: "I’m really happy to commit my future to the club. I’ve always said how much I enjoy playing football here and the way we ended last season shows what we’re capable of achieving as a team. Now I just want to concentrate on preparing for the new season and play my part in helping the club push on to the next level."
Jul 4 - 1:07 PM

Crystal Palace announced that defender Joel Ward has signed a new three-year contract to keep him at the club through 2021.

The 28-year-old right-back only missed 11 games in his first four years at the club before missing 18 last season due to various injuries. But Roy Hodgson locked down the versatile defender to a longer deal to add stability to an experienced back-line. Said Ward: "I’m delighted to be re-signing. I’ve been here for six years now and this will take me just shy of a testimonial so I’m looking forward to what the future has in store. There’s been some fantastic moments; it’s been a great ride, and long may that continue. I wanted to stay here and be a part of it as I feel at home here, and it’s important for us to keep moving forward."
Jul 3 - 12:58 PM

Yohan Cabaye will have to wait on Crystal Palace to see if his contract is renewed for another season this summer.

The Frenchman is out of a contract this summer after spending the last three seasons in south London. Since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2015, the midfielder has made 109 appearances for the Eagles. Palace are set to hold talks with Cabaye this month amid rumors of a move to French side Marseille. Said Cabaye: "I don’t know what the future holds. It was a hard, tough season so I will have a chat with my agent, the club and the chairman. I have no stress about my future, so I just wanted to enjoy today and then see what happens next. I’ve had three fantastic seasons here, I love the club and my life in London is perfect, so I will see."
May 18 - 5:56 AM

Crystal Palace ended its season with an exclamation point with another win after a 2-0 result against West Brom.

Patrick van Aanholt was the star once again as the Dutch left-back scored for the third consecutive game, an impressive accomplishment for a defender. In the 70th minute, van Aanholt collected the assist after finding Wilfried Zaha to put Palace ahead. Just eight minutes later, van Aanholt scores his fifth goal of the season after connecting with Andros Townsend to put the match away for good when he broke through the Baggies’ defender. Roy Hodgson and company will only hope to parlay the Eagles’ six-match unbeaten steak to end the year into next season after finishing 11th on 44 points.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:01 PM

Crystal Palace were trailing with just over twenty minutes to go, but a couple of mistakes by Stoke City allowed the Eagles to score twice in the final stages to nab a 1-2 win.

To no one's surprise, the Eagles were unchanged following their 5-0 display last weekend. They had a tough assignment in this one, facing a Stoke side fighting for their top flight lives, and it took some time to find the net. The first half was marked by bad news, as Joel Ward had to be removed with an ankle injury that looks to probably cut his season short. Then, the Eagles would concede just before the break. Fortunes turned in the final half hour though. Stoke had just brought on young Ramadan Sobhi as a substitute and he promptly gave away the ball that led to a quick counter-attack which ended with Reuben Loftus-Cheek linking with James McArthur, the latter scoring for the second match straight. Then another error by Stole with four minutes and change to go allowed Wilfried Zaha pick out Patrick van Aaholt on the break, and the Dutchman finished calmly to grab the match-winner. After a historic miserable start, Palace will end the season solidly at mid-table.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 9:56 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed hope that Jason Puncheon can train with the club before the end of the season.

The veteran midfielder has been out since January after suffering a serious knee injury but has started running and could make it into training with the squad before breaking for the offseason. Puncheon's the closest of the club's three long-term absentees (Scott Dann and Bakary Sako) to returning according to Hodgson: "[Jason] Puncheon I see most of the three, he is running again now. But Punch, he is actually not that far away from being able to join us. It is not out of the question that he could be out there with us soon before the end of the season."
May 2 - 2:40 PM

Just about everything that could go right, did for Crystal Palace, as they all but guaranteed their survival chances with a dominant 5-0 wing over Leicester City.

Today was the cherry on top of a magnificent turnaround season for the Eagles, who began the campaign with a league record seven straight losses, failing to score in all of them, and now look one of the more fluid midtable sides in the league. In the first half, James McArthur's backheel pass was slotted home by Wilfried Zaha. Zaha then returned the favor before the break, feeding McArthur who spun and blasted home. The Eagles coasted in the second half but poured on the goals when Leicester went down to ten men. Reuben-Loftus Cheek scored from a Mamadou Sakho ball and Patrick van Aanholt got on the score sheet with a Jeffrey Schlupp assist. The scoring wrapped up in the waning moments when Christian Benteke drew a penalty and converted it.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 12:01 PM

Crystal Palace can thank the gloves of Wayne Hennessey for the point they earned from a 0-0 draw with Watford.

The point brings Crystal Palace up into 15th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play. Hennessey stepped up for the Eagles with five saves against a fervent Watford attack, especially in the first half. Wilfried Zaha had two penalty chances denied on either side of half-time and was booked for simulation on his second chance, which looked more like a penalty than the first. But Palace were unlucky in the second half with both Luka Milivojevic and James Tomkins hitting the woodwork.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 12:00 PM

Jeffrey Schlupp returned to full training on Thursday, but he is unlikely to be considered for the squad which travels to Watford this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road, Roy Hodgson confirmed the 25-year-old is back with the group after missing the previous month. "Jeffrey trained today, which is great news and is much earlier than we expected after his nasty injury at Huddersfield. It's probably a bit close to think about including him on Saturday, and even though not out of the question, in an ideal world I would like him to have at least another weeks’ training." Schlupp has timed his comeback perfectly following his second major setback of the year [he suffered knee ligament damage in January] as Palace look to secure their top-flight status during the run-in. The Eagles are currently five-points above the drop zone knowing that a win would probably be enough. If it doesn’t come here, then they will fancy their chances with matches against Leicester, Stoke and West Brom coming up.
Apr 21 - 6:01 AM

Jason Puncheon has paid tribute to the Crystal Palace medical team as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Eagles midfielder has been sidelined since New Years Eve when he cynically hacked down Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne ending his own season. Manager Roy Hodgson confirmed at the time that Puncheon had ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament, an injury which he initially thought would keep him out until September. However, Puncheon has been making excellent progress in recent weeks and writing in his programme notes ahead of the Brighton game he revealed: "I am pleased to report that I have been able to get out on the training pitch and do some running. Without putting pressure on myself, I am hoping that in 2-4 weeks I will be [able] to train with the rest of the squad. I would like to thank Chris Morgan, Ed Richmond, Chris Petrie and all the medical team who have been fantastic to get me back to this stage, and I appreciate all their efforts in helping with my rehabilitation."
Apr 16 - 12:34 PM

Crystal Palace pulled off a massive 3-2 win in their derby with Brighton to pull five points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.

A scintillating first half saw all five goals scored in the first 34 minutes of the opening stanza, starting with Wilfried Zaha's first goal of the afternoon. In the fifth minute, Zaha pounced on a saved shot in front of goal to take the lead. Less than 10 minutes later James Tomkins ended a mad scramble in the box with a goal after coming out of the chaos with the ball. After Glenn Murray cut the lead in half in the 18th minute, Zaha notched his second after latching onto a perfect cross from Luka Milivojevic for the header and what ended up being the winning goal for the Eagles at home.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 12:12 PM

Crystal Palace forwards Alexander Sorloth and Christian Benteke are in contention for the derby with Brighton.

Benteke missed the club's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth last weekend after sustaining a groin injury in training. With Sorloth and Connor Wickham both out, Wilfried Zaha was left to play as a false No. 9 for Roy Hodgson's side. However, Benteke and Sorloth both took part in training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's derby and are face fitness tests on Friday with the hopes of being available on Saturday as the Eagles look to stave off relegation: "Sorloth trained for the first time today. Benteke has made enormous progress and trained for the first part. We hope he will train tomorrow," said the manager. You can never be sure if there will be a recurrence of an injury, but I trust the medical team."
Apr 12 - 12:27 PM



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