After the recent appointment of Frank De Boer at Selhurst Park, can he be the man to elevate the Eagles and make a positive statement with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The Dutchman played for some of the best clubs in Europe including Barcelona and Galatasaray, winning trophies across major leagues of the continent. In terms of his coaching resume he has also managed some brilliant sides having his best stint with Ajax, winning four Eredivisie titles in just six years.
Whilst having a decorated career as a player, as a manager his experience is not as successful. But there is still promise for a relatively young coach who has the potential to really do well at Crystal Palace. Managerial changes have been a constant for the South Londoners, so they will hope De Boer can bring stability.
This is because of many reasons, the first being who he is going to bring into Selhurst Park to help him with the season ahead. De Boer’s backroom staff will be key to his operation of getting Palace a top ten finish. De Boer has played with some of the best players in the world and built relationships with these players that have now retired and posses equal experience in management. The ability to bring these people in like for example Clarence Seedorf, Edwin Van Der Sar or Denis Bergkamp will bring vast knowledge to the side. Importantly, some have played in the Premier league for many years and know how to deal with some of the teams and there styles when playing against them. With this his experienced backroom staff could bring a really technical style of play and coach the Palace players into a style that can take them further up the league. De Boer needs to make use of these assets and build a stable team at Palace.
Another positive the ex Inter Milan manager can bring is a style of play he has learnt from playing at some very special teams. The way Ajax and Barcelona played during the end of the 90s centred on ball retention and dominating possession. Palace over the last few years have really struggled with keeping the ball and have been below average because of this, often resorting to crossing the ball into a Christian Benteke or Conor Wickham in past seasons. But if De Boer can bring a fresh impetuous to Palace then it can really rejuvenate them into being an established Premier League side. They have the players to be up there in the top eight in the league but have consistently under achieved in competitions, bar their FA Cup final appearance in 2016. With the money they have at their disposal, using their funds wisely and bring fresh optimism to the dedicated and passionate home faithful.
De Boer will demand complete passion from his players and will not take passengers something that past managers at the club have failed to do. He will demand players to play for the badge again and really stress the importance that they cannot go another season flirting with relegation. De Boer can use the determination and resilience the side used in gaining survival from the drop last season to get them to a position in the table where they should be.
The Dutchman has come at a great time in the year as he has a full preseason to buy the players and build his own squad that he can work with. He will need a revamp as some players in the Palace squad aren’t very adaptable to his high pressing and off the ball work that he infuses in his preferred 4-3-3 formation. The ex Champions league winner wants to build a side that plays for the team and not themselves. This will benefit Crystal Palace, who were highly criticised for their lack of team ethic last season.
In my opinion, De Boer is a positive appointment for Palace and even though he doesn’t have any previous Premier League experience as a player or a manager, his tactics and style is something that is proven to work in the top flight.
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