Crystal Palace: £18.5m ace “will be disappointed” under Vieira

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace striker Odsonne Edouard ‘will be disappointed’ at his lack of game time in recent weeks, according to former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer.

The Eagles splashed out £18.5 million to prise Edouard away from Celtic in the summer, but he’s so far struggled to make the desired impact at Selhurst Park.

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Patrick Vieira made the 24-year-old one of his first acquisitions after taking over from Roy Hodgson as he set about rebuilding the first-team squad.

Throughout a four-year stint at Celtic, Edouard had impressed, registering 125 goal contributions in 179 appearances for the Hoops, claiming nine major trophies along the way.

And the former France Under-21 international made a big impression at Palace on his debut, bagging a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in a memorable 3-0 victory as an 84th-minute substitute.

However, since then, Edouard has only added four more goals and three assists in his subsequent 21 Premier League outings, resulting in him dropping down the pecking order.

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The 6 foot 2 ace has started just two of the capital clubs last six fixtures in all competitions, failing to come off the bench at all on three occasions.

In Edouard’s absence, Jean-Philippe Mateta has become Vieira’s first-choice striker, netting against Watford, and it remains to be seen if he can force his way back into the starting XI.

What has Palmer said about Edouard?

Palmer believes that Edouard will be disgruntled with his limited game time in south London, although still reckons there’s time for him to showcase his true potential.

He told GiveMeSport: “The player will be disappointed that he’s not getting more game time. But sometimes, these things take time to set up.”

Will Palace avoid relegation this season?

Palace are currently sitting pretty in 11th position in the Premier League table following their opening 27 games of the season, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Nevertheless, Vieira’s charges will be cautiously looking over their shoulders as 18th-placed Burnley have two games in hand over them, while close rivals Everton, Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Leicester are all in similar situations.

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Upcoming fixtures against high-flying Wolves and Manchester City could increase the pressure on Palace further in the coming weeks.

It remains to be seen if Vieira can guide the Eagles to safety come May, but Edouard will surely be hoping for another opportunity to impress from the off.

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