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Archive for the month “May, 2015”

Eight Academy Stars Given Professional Contracts At Crystal Palace

Eight members of Crystal Palace’s under 18 side have this week put pen to paper on their first professional deals with the club.

Will Hoare, Michael Phillips, Jacob Berkley-Agyepong, Christian Scales, Matthew George, Oliver O’Dwyer, Spencer Forte and Hussein Mohammed have all been given professional terms by the coaching staff, in the hope that a few will one day progress to become first-team regulars.

Perhaps the best-known names to Palace fans from the eight mentioned are Hoare and Phillips, with the latter of the pair picking up the coveted Academy Player of the Year trophy at this season’s awards show, with many inside the club full of faith for what the next few years have in store for him.

One of the major pitfalls of Premier League football is the difficulty that managers have in blooding any of the young talent that they have bubbling under the surface at academy level, but for Alan Pardew, the development of the club’s young players has been a regular source of discussion.

With a full pre-season campaign to come between now and August, we can fully expect to see the likes of Hiram Boateng, Sullay Kaikai and Jake Gray given a chance to impress throughout, with the eight younger squad members referenced above no doubt keen to see how their slightly more experienced colleagues manage under the guidance of the Palace boss.

Following the graduation of Wilfried Zaha and Jonny Williams in 2010/11, there has been something of a deceleration in the production line at SE25, but with this latest crop of academy prospects, there are high hopes across the training ground and rightly so.

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Palace Reportedly Weighing Up Move For Troubled Spurs Striker

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has had rather a torrid time in recent months, plagued by stories of family battles over his finances and worries over his mental state, he’s been given special dispensation from the north Londoners to return to Togo, but now, there is a suggestion that Alan Pardew may look to bring him to Selhurst Park.

The well-known striker hasn’t started a league game for Spurs since November, when the form of Harry Kane took away any need for him to make a rapid return to action, leaving many at White Hart Lane to wonder how the next few years would pan out for him.

Undoubtedly talented, his mental state has been everyone’s main concern in the months since, but with Tottenham clearly keen to know where they stand with him, a move to SE25 may not be the most ridiculous of suggestions.

Admittedly, his supposed £100,000 per week wage demands would act as a major stumbling block, should he still be adamant over the terms, but after Spurs have helped him so readily in battling his personal demons, there is a belief from some at The Lane, that they may subsidise his wages, just to help him find his feet once again.

Alan Pardew is almost certain to dive headfirst into the market for another striker between now and August, with Adebayor’s imposing frame and proven track record offering hope that, should his head be right, he could easily be capable of bagging 20 goals or more for us next term.

Having played over 200 times in England, for Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs, scoring more than 100 goals in the process, there is no debate over the striker’s pedigree, but at 31, would the club be willing to take such a wild punt on a player who, should he not hit the ground running, could prove to be a disaster for us?

It’s akin to a roll of a dice in many senses, with Alan Pardew the man standing in the casino. What would you do?

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