Dan Cook has been speaking on the HLTCO podcast about Will Hughes’ unusual situation at Crystal Palace.
Hughes decided to leave Watford over the summer, despite just helping the club earn promotion from the Championship, and secured a move away to Crystal Palace to play under new manager Patrick Vieira.
Will Palace finish in the top half?
The move has not exactly gone to plan, with the midfielder still yet to step onto the pitch for Palace, spending his time so far on the bench and Cook doesn’t quite understand why the club signed the midfielder for £6.3 million if they weren’t going to play him.
Cook has been discussing Hughes’ current situation and what he expects him to do about it.
“So I would be interested to see what Patrick Vieira’s views are on Will Hughes and his chance of actually making it into the Crystal Palace first team.
“It’s not even that he hasn’t started a game, he hasn’t had a single minute off the bench for us yet, which will be I’m sure, a source of huge frustration as we head towards the start of December for him.
“I’m sure he’s looking to have a conversation if he indeed he hasn’t already had one with Patrick Vieira about what the point of signing in was.”
TIF Thoughts on Hughes…
With Palace bringing in Conor Gallagher on loan in the summer, it was never likely that Hughes would be a regular under Vieira, however, it’s almost certain that he will have expected to play at least some minutes in the Premier League.
Now though, with James McArthur set for a prolonged period of time on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, Hughes may have expected to start against Wolves, but once more found himself rooted to the bench – and if the same happens again this weekend, it would be no surprise if he was to ask about his future.