After Crystal Palace scored two out of nine possible points in the first few weeks of the new Premier League season, Crystal Palace will receive Tottenham Hotspur at the kick-off on Saturday afternoon at the weekend.
The Eagles bounced back from a 3-0 first day loss to champions Chelsea, keeping both Brentford and West Ham United tied, showing promising signs under new coach Patrick Vieira.
However, the Frenchman may be concerned that his side haven’t scored any goals despite their improved performance before the international break.
A 1-0 loss to Watford in the Carabao Cup second round meant the Eagles failed to score in their first three games under Vieira in all competitions before a Conor Gallagher brace against the Hammers broke their duck.
Still, the lack of clear opportunities Palace creates will still be a cause for concern for the former New York City and Nice manager.
According to SofaScore, the Eagles have only made 1.3 big chances per game in 2021/22 and averaged just five shots per game, underscoring their battles in the last third of the pitch.
However, the solution to their struggles could be a fairly simple one. Former Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard arrived at Selhurst Park on the day of the transfer deadline on a deal that could be worth up to £ 18.5million.
Should Edouard face Spurs?
Yes, in any case!
Under no circumstance!
During his time in Scottish football, the magician established himself as one of the most promising young strikers in European football at £ 70,000 a week, and his underlying numbers for this season suggest he could make a huge impact at Palace.
Edouard averaged 3.3 shots and 2.3 key passes per league game for Celtic in the first few weeks of the current season before joining Palace, while also earning three big chances.
The highly rated 23-year-old also continued to demonstrate his fantastic end product, which matches his skill level, by scoring two goals in his last four league games for the club and providing an assist for the hoops.
Therefore, Vieira has to face his compatriot against the Spurs on Saturday and give his protégés the natural goal scorer and the cutting edge they urgently need in the last third.
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