TEB Interview – Kenny Sansom

We have kindly been given permission to share with our readers an interview with former Palace, Arsenal and England international Kenny Sansom.

The Camberwell born defender started his career at Selhurst Park in 1975 before moving to Highbury. He later appeared for Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Coventry City, Everton, Brentford and Watford before hanging up his boots in 1994 with over 600 club appearances to his name. The left back has 86 international caps and scored one goal which was against Finland at Wembley in a World Cup Qualifier in 1994.

Q. Palace have tailed off a little lately but what would you class as a successful season for the Eagles between now and May?

I think obviously the top half has got to be the target. Alan Pardew has done so well since he has arrived but just lost their way a little as a group. You know, individually they have got some very good players but as a group they have got to get together. Conceding goals is a problem and they are not scoring, so that combination as a group is very, very important. If we can get into the top eight it will be a success but with Leicester City on top of the league anything can happen.

Q. Could the January signing of Emmanuel Adebayor be the one to climb Palace up the table?

Pardew can get the best out of him and, you know, every manager will say they can get the best out of him with his experience. Players like Connor Wickham can learn. He has got a bit of aggression. I like him. I think he holds the ball up, and if you can get good service into him from Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon he will be a big plus for them.

Q. The injury to Luke Shaw has left a few openings at left back in the England side. As someone who played in that role, who would you be taking to the Euros this summer?

I think he will go with Leighton Baines at the moment. There cannot be any doubt about that because he has so much experience and when you are playing in big competitions you need that. I think if West Ham United can up their game, Cresswell can perform. Individually, I think he has a chance.

Q. At Arsenal there is Monreal at left back. Is he a title winning defender?

Not for me. I think the cross for the Chelsea goal should not have came into the box. No cross, no goal. There are a lot of old managers that say the game is simple and that was a simple mistake that cost Arsenal three points.

Q. Have Arsenal enough to win the league?

They have got it in the their locker. People like Sanchez and Giroud for me can score goals and turn it around. I think they have got enough to win the league.

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on Meridian FM.

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