Crystal Palace news: Patrick Vieira 'could be in business' with crucial starting XI change

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira offering encouragement

Journalist Tom Barclay feels that Patrick Vieira needs to get more out of Crystal Palace's right winger Jordan Ayew.

The 65-cap international has spent the last three years on the Eagles' books, although he did spend a season on loan at Swansea, but Barclay is not convinced that Ayew is producing enough in the final third at the moment.

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The Ghanaian has started all but one of Palace's eight league matches to date on the right-hand side. However, he has only been directly involved in one goal, when he provided the assist for Christian Benteke to score against Arsenal earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Palace have been getting far more joy down their left and through the middle, with Odsonne Edouard, Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scoring seven league goals between them this term.



What has Barclay said about Ayew?

Barclay has suggested that Palace's attack is a little lopsided right now, and that they are not enough of a threat down the right flank.

He has hinted that summer signing Michael Olise could be a better option than Ayew moving forwards, due to his superior technical ability.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Barclay said: “Jordan Ayew, a reliable player, but not probably the technical ability of what Michael Olise has shown so far, but obviously a lot more experienced.

“If they can get what they’re getting down the left on the right as well going forward, they could really be in business.”

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Could Ayew be dropped soon?

Monday's performance was a step in the right direction for Ayew, as he helped Crystal Palace pick up a point at Arsenal by setting up Benteke's goal. However, he needs to start delivering telling contributions on a far more regular basis if he is to retain his place in the team.

There is a lot to be positive about at Selhurst Park under Vieira, with the team looking far better from an attacking perspective than they did when Roy Hodgson was in charge. They need more from their right-hand side, though.

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Olise has looked bright in his cameo appearances from the bench, and he got his first goal in a Palace shirt against Leicester earlier this month, while Eberechi Eze is closing in on a return after a long-term Achilles injury.

Both these players could take Ayew's place in the side, and they are likely to jump ahead of him in the pecking order unless the 6 foot attacker can rediscover his best form quickly.

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