Crystal Palace 2021-22 season in review: Selhurst Park rocks as Patrick Vieira brings welcome change to Eagles

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12 months ago, Crystal Palace entered an uncertain future as they prepared to live without Roy Hodgson.

The last time the Eagles attempted to initiate a major change in philosophy at the club, with Frank de Boer replacing Sam Allardyce in south London in 2017, the revolution lasted five games and 77 days.

Patrick Vieira proved a much more successful appointment and can look back on his impressive first 12 months after finishing 12th in the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Here, Standard Sport assesses the 2021-22 season at Selhurst Park…

The season in a nutshell: Transformation

Star of the show: Conor Gallagher

Loan periods simply don’t work any better than this. Fans would love to see him again next season.

Biggest disappointment: Odsonne Edouard

His move didn’t pan out brilliantly and a tame performance in the FA Cup semi-final at the end of a brilliant run at Palace trumps it.

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Most Improved Player: Jean-Philippe Mateta

He looked a little laborious when he arrived, but he’s led the line admirably since Christmas.

Game to remember: Palace 4 Everton 0 (FA Cup, 20 March 2022)

The victory that booked their trip to Wembley was one of those wonderful afternoons where everything went well. Honorable mentions should go to the league wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.

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Games to forget: Palace 1 Brighton 1 (Sep 27, 2021) & Brighton 1 Palace 1 (Jan 14, 2022)

There have been worse performances elsewhere, but conceding late equalizers in the two games against Brighton will always be the toughest.

Rising star:Marc Guehi

The squad’s age profile means there are plenty of claims – Michael Olise, Tyrick Mitchell – but Guehi has been immense and is surely heading to the World Cup with England.

Director’s verdict

The “French Franck de Boer” was scary but it could hardly have been less justified. Patrick Vieira has created a new team with a new style.

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The mood of the supporters

Supporters were ready for the change after years of Roy Hodgson but couldn’t expect it to come so forcefully, so quickly. Selhurst Park has been buzzing all season.

Grade: B+


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