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Crystal Palace seems to have taken off under Roy Hodgson once again.
Fifteenth in the Premier League, 13 points out of a possible 30, just a win in their last four games. It’s not exactly a dreamy thing, especially for a club that is trying to advance towards the top half of the table.
Should Crystal Palace keep or sell Jairo Riedewald?
To sell …
Hodgson’s hands have been somewhat tied as injuries have taken their toll, but this does not excuse the fact that Palace has lost points in back-to-back losses away from home at Burnley and at home to Newcastle.
Hodgson has battled serious adversity with James McCarthy be injured and be captain of the club Luka Milivojevic being suspended throughout November after the FA rejected an appeal against his red card at Wolves.
Despite his obvious difficulties, Jairo Riedewald has been the real standout in recent weeks, as he is possibly their fittest player at the moment, aside from Wilfried Zaha.
The Dutch midfielder, who can also play in the center of defense or on the left, has scored one goal in eight games in the Premier League so far this season, while averaging 1.6 tackles per game, through Who scored.
Riedewald also has the highest passing success rate (a whopping 91.8%) from any other Palace player, forming a key part of the supply chain in midfield for players like Zaha and Eberechi Eze, while also protecting the defense.
It is this kind of contribution that cannot be ignored for much longer, as he is arguably one of the hardest-working players on the pitch in every game.
The 24-year-old has been something of a kettle figure in Selhurst Park, with some Palace fans stating that he has proven people wrong after being named Player of the Month for October.
His redemption arc seemed to have taken another turn in recent weeks following reports from Athletic that Riedewald was willing to renew his contract with the club. However, there has been no official confirmation since then, which has raised further questions about his future at the club.
He is clearly highly rated by the head of the palace, who described the Dutchman as a “smart player” who is an “excellent professional” after he was called up for his first Premier League appearance since April 2018 last season.
Riedewald’s contract will end in 2022, meaning Steve Parish will have to act soon to secure his future at the South London club, as he has established himself as a regular first-team starter with Hodgson.
He has been in such good shape since the start of the season, and if he can continue his hot streak, other clubs may start to spin as his contract is coming to an end.
The parish must reward you with a new contract once and for all, otherwise you may live to regret your indecision.
And in other news, Crystal Palace just can’t afford to lose James McCarthy to Celtic …