Michael Bridge believes that it’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Crystal Palace fan.
How have Palace started the season?
Six points from six matches isn’t a great start, but considering the Eagles have already played Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham and are yet to field close to their best XI, it’s been encouraging.
The two disappointing results from Palace’s point of view will be the home draws with Brentford and Brighton, especially given they conceded in the 95th minute in the latter.
However, they made up for those dropped points by drawing 2-2 at West Ham before dispatching Spurs seven days later at Selhurst Park – their only victory this season and first under Patrick Vieira.
But since losing at Chelsea on the opening day, Vieira’s side have shown signs that they’re heading in the right direction and have only suffered one defeat since their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Palace have done all this without Eberechi Eze, whilst an injury has restricted Michael Olise to just 15 minutes.
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Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher have been in inspired form, though, and Bridge was asked about the prospect of having those four all in the team at the same time.
What did Bridge say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “There will be a game, and I reckon it will happen this season, where they will all play, and they will beat someone 4/5-1.
If was a Palace fan, I would be excited, and they don’t need a hell of a lot more, maybe a bit of squad depth, but I would be excited.”
How far can Palace go?
It’s too early to get overexcited, but Vieira is definitely building something special right now. And when the Frenchman has all of his best players available to him, Palace might not be so over reliant on Zaha for the first time for years, which is a great positive should Zaha be unavailable at any time.
They’ll still need the former Manchester United man at his very best, but if Eze, Gallagher, Olise and Odsonne Edouard can all chip in, only a second ever top-half finish in the Premier League might not be beyond them.