Crystal Palace podcaster Dan Cook has provided an update on the club and how the team will be shaping up heading into the upcoming season.
The Eagles are going through some monumental changes both on and off the pitch this summer, as they look to change course after the years of stability that they had during Roy Hodgson’s tenure at the club.
And new boss Patrick Vieira will have an almighty job on his hands to get things right at the club; the Eagles were the oldest team in the Premier League and did rely somewhat on their veteran players, with the likes of Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and James McArthur all making at least 15 appearances last season.
But that doesn’t mean that the new Palace team will head in the opposite direction, at least according to Cook. Speaking on the HLTCO Palace podcast, he claimed that the plan this year for the club was to make sure things were more balanced at Selhurst Park compared to previous campaigns:
“We have to get the blend right in terms of youth and experience, it’s something that the people behind the scenes are well aware of this summer. I have that on very good authority that there is a desire to make sure there isn’t too young a squad, and that we go down a route that has that blend perfectly balanced.”
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There certainly is going to have to be a culture shock this summer as the Eagles get set for the Premier League season, and it is going to have to be done very carefully or Palace could find themselves in familiar territory.
Palace have been down this road before when it comes to a culture change when they had Frank de Boer in charge, and that ended badly for them, but at the same time they couldn’t afford to just sit still in the league and be stagnant.
There needs to be a happy medium of both the new era and the old era at the club for this first season whilst Vieira settles in, and then start to be more adventurous further down the line once they have gone through the first few bumps.