Crystal Palace news: £8.1m ace has 'contributed nicely': no starts since August

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Journalist Tom Barclay reckons that Jeffery Schlupp has "contributed nicely" for Crystal Palace this season.

The Ghanaian international has never been a guaranteed starter during his six seasons with the Eagles, but his ability to play in several positions has always made him an important squad player at Selhurst Park.

How has Schlupp performed this season?

Whilst Barclay has praised his influence in 2021-2022, it's generally been a strange campaign for the former Leicester man.

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Schlupp, valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, has started just two Premier League games, which were the first two matches against Chelsea and Brentford and has played just 25 minutes across the last six.

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Even after coming off the bench to net the equaliser against Leicester earlier this month, Schlupp was then an unused substitute in Palace's next league game against Arsenal, even though Wilfried Zaha was missing through illness.

With Zaha set to return to the side against Newcastle this weekend, it's difficult to see where Schlupp's next start is coming from.

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Despite his lack of minutes, though, Barclay reckons that he's done a job for Patrick Vieira.

What did Barclay say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "He's contributed nicely this season and is a good player in his own right but is probably more of a defensive forward.

"He's very reliable in doing his defensive job, not saying he can't do things in going forward, but from an attacking point of view."

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Has Schlupp been unfortunate not to have played more?

Schlupp's WhoScored rating wasn't even great in his starts against Chelsea and Brentford, but for him to hardly feature since then considering Palace themselves were poor in both of those games is quite harsh.

Vieira does have several technically gifted wide players at his disposal, but with Palace not exactly impressing at the back, as Barclay alluded to, the defensive aspects of Schlupp's game should give him a chance of starting certain away games where they're likely to be more on the back foot.

When Eberechi Eze returns from his injury, Schlupp is likely to be pushed even further down the pecking order, but Vieira should at least consider using him off the bench slightly more than he has done recently.

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