Sport "A Class Above": Palace Fans Praise Riedewald after Brighton Draw

18:25  20 october  2020
18:25  20 october  2020 Source:   readsport.co

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Palace fans were quick to note the performance of one key player in the 1-1 weekend draw with arch-rivals Brighton.

Adam Lallana with a football ball: Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League © Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sport Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Jairo Riedewald unusually made a rare start against the Seagulls, but offered a commendable display that exhibited his nimbleness, strong ball control and passing abilities.

Hodgson’s rare faith in the young Dutchman was seemingly rewarded with an impressive overall midfield display. A pass success rate of 95.8 per cent was the highest of any player to feature in the draw, demonstrating Riedewald’s composure, vision, and presence in dictating Palace’s play.

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Roy Hodgson has previously labelled Riedewald as a ‘superb professional’ after seeing limited windows of opportunity to rack up minutes on the pitch. The former Ajax talent should be proud of his performance, managing 4 clearances and winning 4 ground duels, as per SofaScore.

The typically peripheral player was unfortunate not to cap his performance with a fine assist. A perfectly weighted, line-splitting ball found its way to the feet of loanee Michy Batshuayi, who powered through on goal and thundered a strike that found its way past Matthew Ryan in the roof of the net. Unfortunately for both players, Batshuayi was adjudged by VAR to have been fractionally offside.

Riedewald, a 2017 signing in the short-lived Frank de Boer period, could be on track to enjoy something of a red-and-blue renaissance under Roy Hodgson.

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Riedewald had failed to make a Premier League start since he featured in a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City, and had generally served a more peripheral role in Hodgson’s squad. However, given the injury sustained by James McCarthy on international duty, it is hard to envisage Riedewald failing to get a serious look in ahead of a promising fixture against Fulham.

Palace fans took to Twitter to applaud the emerging midfield dynamo…

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