Crystal Palace faithful have taken to social media in droves this afternoon to call for a player to be benched permanently on the back of Michael Olise’s game-changing cameo from the bench.
Eagles snatch a point
Patrick Vieira’s men were back in action recently.
After seeing three much-needed points slip through their fingers in the death against Brighton earlier in the week, the Eagles welcomed Leicester City at Selhurst Park, with their sights set on a return to the winning track.
However, starting the second half in the capital, Palace faced a completely uphill task.
Hitting Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy over the course of the first 45 minutes made the hosts look good on their way to a third loss of the season:
Vardy doubles Leicester’s lead shortly after Iheanacho’s opener!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2021
Take a step forward, Michael Olise.
Much appreciated summer arrival Olise had put up less than 15 minutes of action for Palace before today, having been forced to sit down the first weeks of her time with the Eagles by a back injury.
On Sunday, however, the 19-year-old finally got a genuine chance to impress.
And it turned out to be one that he happened to grab with both hands.
After being ushered into the fray early in the second half, it took Olise just eight minutes to make an impact, fitting home excellently after seeing her initial effort blocked in the Leicester area:
⚽ THERE IT IS ⚽
Michael Olise lands his first goal for Crystal Palace and puts them back in the game!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2021
And the first blow from his new midfield star quickly galvanized the Palace troops, culminating in a well-deserved draw courtesy of Jeffrey Schlupp in the final 20 minutes.
This, in turn, is how things ended up at Selhurst, like Patrick Vieira and company. Sure, be prepared to celebrate a point won, rather than two lost.
Ayew chain effect?
In the back of the action that comes to an end this afternoon, meanwhile, the Palace faithful have inevitably been in a good voice on social media.
However, the vast majority of the post-game reaction on Twitter has not surrounded the bottom line.
Instead, fans have turned their attention to Olise’s impact from the bench and as a result, it has been widely agreed that he should follow up for another Eagles attacker.
The player in question? Jordan Ayew.
Hitman Ayew had his last start on the right flank against Leicester, but he worked hard in his efforts to create and find the target, much to the visible frustration of the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Odsonne Edouard:
Edouard and Zaha visibly frustrated with Jordan Ayew after shooting from this angle. pic.twitter.com/2wop20BxhE
– Jornada365 (@ Jornada365) October 3, 2021
In turn, now that the promising Olise is deemed ready to contribute on a weekly basis, Patrick Vieira has been urged to remove Ayew from his plans with immediate effect:
Hopefully, that Olise goal means we won’t see Ayew start again….#CPFC
– Detroit Eagles (@CPFCDetroit) October 3, 2021
AYEW BYE HAHAHAHA https://t.co/GF2uEjGwFc
– Crystal Palace ATL (@CPFC_ATL) October 3, 2021
Olise is a gamer. Ayew can’t start another game for Palace
– Spencer (@ _castro96) October 3, 2021
Jordan Ayew is not good enough to start at Crystal Palace Football Club. Facts pic.twitter.com/LiUt0B3vm6
– Crystal Palace (@CpfcNews_) October 3, 2021
– James Battisson (@btisn) October 3, 2021
Goodbye to Jordan Ayew’s starting position. Come in Olise! #cpfc
– Rich Greenaway (@RednBlueRich) October 3, 2021
And let’s never talk about the Ayew era again. Olise. Eze. Even the palace.
– Tobin Cornelius Rote (@feed_happy) October 3, 2021
Olise has given us a better balance in the future. Ayew you have to drop it
– ℂ (@ money4nuffin) October 3, 2021
Hopefully that goal from Olise means Ayew never plays football again.
– Finn (@FinnWebber) October 3, 2021
The game changer was taking Ayew off the field, he shouldn’t be anywhere near starting 11
– Bleached (@_blanchie) October 3, 2021
Olise is going to be a special player and hopefully Viera will ditch Ayew to the bench now to let him flourish.
And once Eze returns, the Palace will have a team
– Casey Evans (@Casey_Evans_) October 3, 2021
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