Crystal Palace Player Ratings vs Southampton
Vicente Guaita – 6.5
Looked uncomfortable a few times when receiving the ball back to his left foot, but kept his cool and made the right decisions when this happened. It was a decent performance from him although he didn’t have a lot to do during the match.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7
Clyne has looked good since getting more game time at right-back and his crossing was dangerous for Southampton. It was his whipped ball in that found Eze at the back post to get the equaliser.
Joachim Andersen – 7
Always looked calm on the ball and he tried playing his direct forward balls into the Palace strikers but wasn’t as on target as usual.
Marc Guehi – 7
Never looked fully stretched by the Southampton attack. He displayed why he’s such a clever defender by drawing fouls when needed.
Joel Ward – 5
Never looked comfortable playing on the left compared to his favoured right flank. He also made some poor decisions with his passing and was at fault with a few heavy touches too which led to losing the ball.
James McArthur – 7
Consistent in the middle of the park from McArthur, winning the ball back and breaking up play. Played in Zaha on the edge of the area for the late goal.
Conor Gallagher – 7
Gallagher still shows his tenacity and hunger in every game he plays, always looking to get involved. He delivered some decent balls in and had a couple of half-chances himself. We felt like the ref wasn’t on his side today.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 6
A few good runs down the left side in the first half, but not one of his best performances. He gave the ball away and overran it on a few occasions.
Jordan Ayew – 6.5
Overran some chances when he could’ve tried to find a teammate, but did show signs of his quality when taking on defenders with his fast feet.
Eberechi Eze – 7
Didn’t look as confident as he has in the past in the first half and would’ve been subbed pff had he not scored the equaliser. He got his first goal in 11 months and you could see the joy in him after it.
Jean-Philippe Mateta – 7
Showed why Vieira likes him with his strength to hold the ball up and teamed up nicely with Schlupp down the left side in the first half. However, he couldn’t score with the efforts he had.
Wilfried Zaha (64’ for Mateta) – 7.5
Zaha seemed to take a while to get into the match after coming on as the only striker. He played a great through ball to Olise and was battling hard as the end was in sight. Then he created a quality goal out of nothing to secure the 3 points for Palace.
Michael Olise (73’ for Schlupp) – Not on long enough
Will Hughes (84’ for Eze) – Not on long enough
Ayew Heading to World Cup With Ghana
Jordan Ayew has been included in Ghana’s World Cup 2022 squad along with his brother Andre. Ayew is a trustworthy player who doesn’t mind putting a shift in for his club and country. Having helped Ghana to qualify for the World Cup, it was expected that Ayew would be included in the 26-man squad travelling to Qatar.
Ghana had a disappointing time at the Africa Cup of Nations this year finishing bottom of their group. They’ll be hoping to change this at the World Cup as the fans will still remember the heartache at the 2010 World Cup when they lost to Uruguay in the semi-final.
Coincidentally, Uruguay are in the same group as Ghana along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Heung Min Son’s South Korea. They have the largest odds to get out of the group so there’s not much hope for the West African country. But, you never know what’s going to happen in tournament football.
Unfortunately, fellow Palace teammate and Ghana international, Jeffrey Schlupp, didn’t make the squad even though he’s a versatile player.
If Ghana drop out of the competition early, we could see Ayew back in training with the Palace squad as they have a friendly home match against Botafogo in December. That said, Vieira will likely give the two players heading to the World Cup, Ayew and Andersen (Denmark), extra time off to recover from the intense run of matches they’re likely to have.
Schlupp Misses Out On Ghana World Cup Squad
Jeffrey Schlupp has been a key player for Ghana over the past few years, but he has been left out of the squad for the upcoming World Cup. This is a surprise to many, as Schlupp is a versatile player who can provide play in both attacking and defensive midfield roles.
It is thought that Ghana manager Otto Addo has opted for other options in those positions, which has seen Schlupp miss out on selection. He was originally included in the 55-man preliminary squad and most Ghanaians and football fans thought he’d be called up, but for some reason hasn’t been.
He’s played regularly this season for Crystal Palace so it’s not a case that he’s lacking match fitness or has picked up an injury in recent weeks. Schlupp who won the Premier League with Leicester back in 2016 would’ve been a great player to have in the squad, even if he wasn’t in the starting eleven.
His fellow teammate at Palace, Jordan Ayew, did make the Ghana squad so he’ll be representing The Eagles from Qatar even if Schlupp won’t be.
Schlupp will now have some time off in the break before the first match back for Palace which is on Boxing Day. He’ll also keep training with the team and they have two friendlies scheduled, one against Napoli in Turkey and another at Selhurst Park against Botafogo. This was easy to schedule due to John Textor owning shares in both Palace and the Brazilian side.
There’s also a chance for a third friendly against Spanish side Real Valladolid, but it still needs to be finalised. Vieira described these matches and training camp as “a mini pre-season before getting ready for the Fulham game” which is to be played on the 26th of December.
Guehi & Mitchell Miss Out On England World Cup 2022 Squad
With only one Premier League match left before the break for the Winter World Cup, Gareth Southgate has announced his 26-man squad for the tournament. Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell who have both earned caps for England in the past have missed out.
Mitchell was mentioned more so than Guehi this time around as a backup for Luke Shaw as Ben Chilwell is out injured. Mitchell hasn’t had the best start to the season for Palace and Southgate likes the experience that Kieran Trippier offers even as a left-back.
Fikayo Tomori is another centre-back that missed out alongside Marc Guehi and he won the Serie A with AC Milan last season. James Tarkowski is another defender that didn’t make it whereas Conor Coady has made it into the squad. Harry Maguire has made the squad even though he’s not had as many minutes as he would have liked since Erik Ten Hag came in.
Chelsea midfielder and former Crystal Palace player, Conor Gallagher, has made the squad which has meant that James Ward-Prowse misses out. Gallagher is playing more under Potter than he did under Tuchel at the start of the season and his form at Palace last season was probably what made Southgate pick him.
With one Premier League match left before the break, there’s still a chance that any of these 26 pick-up injuries forcing Southgate to make changes before the team flies out for the tournament.
- Aaron Ramsdale
- Jordan Pickford
- Nick Pope
- Conor Coady
- Harry Maguire
- John Stones
- Kieran Trippier
- Luke Shaw
- Ben White
- Kyle Walker
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Eric Dier
- Conor Gallagher
- Mason Mount
- Declan Rice
- Jude Bellingham
- Kalvin Phillips
- Jordan Henderson
- Harry Kane
- Raheem Sterling
- Callum Wilson
- Bukayo Saka
- Jack Grealish
- Marcus Rashford
- Phil Foden
- James Maddison
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