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Crystal Palace suffered its second loss on the rebound against Burnley on Saturday, a result that will have left Roy Hodgson scratching his head in confusion.
It is a recession that has caused some speculation that Hodgson faces an uncertain future at Selhurst Park after a 3-0 loss to Sean Dyche’s team.
President Steve Parish has previously backed the manager under fire, but it remains to be seen whether or not his patience has begun to wear thin.
The Eagles started the new year so brilliantly with a 2-0 victory against Sheffield United, where Jeffrey Schlupp and Eberechi Eze were able to find the back of the net.
But their form soon waned following back-to-back Premier League losses to Manchester City and West Ham, and after another loss, they are now tied on points with Southampton, although the Saints now have two games in hand over the southern suit. From london.
While Nathaniel Clyne, the Palace right-back who often relies on him, looked strangely out of place against the Clarets, Patrick van Aanholt, who replaced Tyrick Mitchell at left-back, endured a steamy afternoon against Matt Lowton.
However, it is fair to say that some of the blame for the defeat should be shared elsewhere, as Michy Batshuayi was arguably one of the worst offenders, as the Belgian cut a frustrated and isolated figure in advance for most of it. of the game.
Batshuayi has failed to replicate the form that saw him score six goals in 13 appearances during his first loan period with the Eagles in 2019 And once again, he struggled to carve a niche in the game against Burnley at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
SofaScore rated the 27-year-old one of the worst players on the field with a measly 6.4 rating to sum up his unimpressive performance for Palace – out of all his teammates, only Clyne, Eberechi Eze, Vicente Guaita and Van Aanholt scored. lower for your efforts.
The Belgian hardly had much impact and, apart from a intricate A little bonding game with Eze and Christian Benteke in the first half, he was hardly involved at all.
The center forward lost six of his ten games (60%) overall throughout the game, which means he lost most of his individual battles to the Burnley defense. He also only took 28 touches, which was much less than Clyne’s 64 – and it was haggled one time as well.
With this in mind, it is sure to surprise some if he starts again against Brighton in eight days. After all, Chelsea’s loan has barely attracted attention since his return to South London, having only scored once in his past. sixteen Appearances in the Premier League.
With new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta among the substitutes, Hodgson is not short of options today. If the latter can reproduce the way you saw him score Seven goals in the Bundesliga, Batshuayi may regret his missed opportunities.
And in other news, Patrick van Aanholt endured an afternoon to forget in the Premier League defeat …