Palace At The Euros
Ahead of the European Championships kicking off in France this weekend we take a look at the Palace players who will be in action over the course of the tournament along with a few former Eagles.
A coup of a signing for Palace last July who has gone on to make thirty-three appearances and netting five goals for the Eagles. Cabaye will be a crucial part of the French midfield at the Euros and with the support of individuals around him like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet, expect Yohan to net a goal or two during the competition. France face Romania in the opening match tonight and our favourite Frenchman will be in serious contention for a starting place.
Our bearded genius was a huge doubt for Wales after suffering a fractured leg towards the the end of the Premier League season which saw him miss the FA Cup final against Manchester United. Miraculously, Ledley has recovered in time to represent his country in their first European Championship finals which is a major boost for Wales in group B. Their tournament begins with a game against Slovakia on Saturday but Ledley is unlikely to feature after boss Chris Coleman stated he will not gamble on starting recently injured individuals.
The much maligned Palace stopper has carried out some unforgettable saves over the course of the Premier League season. However, it is the howlers like the diabolical mistake against Aston Villa that are more easily remembered. It was evident that Hennessey lost confidence in himself leading to the Palace defence doing the same. With that being said, the ability of the big Welshman between the posts should not be doubted at the Euros as players can shine for their country despite recent form. The former Wolves goalkeeper is expected to start the opening game for Wales against Slovakia on Saturday as Coleman’s number one goalkeeper.
Following the 2011/2012 season, Williams found himself out on loan at multiple clubs including Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and the most recent, MK Dons. The once exciting prospect is unfortunately extremely injury prone trait which has been the main cause of his career stalling and not having a good run in the first team at Selhurst Park. Joniesta qualifies to play for Wales as his father was born in Anglesey and has been branded a pivotal individual by Coleman for the upcoming tournament. Williams could prove to be an effective substitute for Wales due to his pace and vision.
Gabor Kiraly: The much loved goalkeeper signed for Palace in the 2004/05 season and took his place in the squad alongside Julian Speroni who later became first choice goalkeeper. The huge fan favourite whose love for grey tracksuit bottoms has made him easily recognisable, will be between the sticks for Hungary at the Euros. The Hungarian international made over a hundred appearances for Palace and currently plays for Haladas for whom he has made over thirty appearances since the start of 2015.
Nathaniel Clyne: The Palace academy graduate whose love for South London’s number one is fondly remembered by fans and there were very few that begrudged his move to Southampton. The full back has since moved North to Liverpool and is part of the Jurgen Klopp revolution. It will be interesting to see how much he features at the tournament as he faces stiff competition for a starting spot.
Jose Fonte: The Portugal international arrived at Selhurst Park in 2007 in a loan deal from Benfica before making the deal permanent in 2008. The centre back made sixty appearances for the club before the then League One club Southampton came calling in 2010. It has been quite a few years at the South Coast club where he is closing in on 250 appearances.