Parish beware: Palace must reward “intelligent player” who is a “superb professional” – opinion

Crystal Palace seem to have come unstuck under Roy Hodgson once again.

Fifteenth in the Premier League, 13 points from a possible 30, just one win in their last four games. Not exactly the stuff of dreams, especially for a club who are trying to push towards the top half of the table.

Hodgson’s hands have been somewhat tied as injuries have taken their toll but this doesn’t excuse the fact that Palace have dropped points in back-to-back defeats away at Burnley and at home to Newcastle.

Hodgson has battled serious adversity with James McCarthy being out injured as well as club captain Luka Milivojevic being suspended for all of November after an appeal against his red card at Wolves was rejected by the FA.

Despite their obvious struggles, Jairo Riedewald has been the real standout in recent weeks, as he is quite possibly their most in-form player at the moment, besides Wilfried Zaha.

The Dutch midfielder, who can also play in the centre of the defence or on the left, has scored one goal in eight games in the Premier League so far this season, whilst he is averaging 1.6 tackles per game, via WhoScored.

Riedewald also has the highest pass success rate (a whopping 91.8%) out of any other Palace player, forming a key part of the supply chain in the midfield for the likes of Zaha and Eberechi Eze, whilst shielding the defence as well.

It’s this kind of contribution that cannot be ignored for much longer as he is arguably one of the hardest-working players on the pitch in every game.

The 24-year-old has been somewhat of a Marmite figure at Selhurst Park, with some Palace fans claiming that he has proven people wrong after he was named the Player of the Month for October.

His redemption arc seemed to have taken another twist in recent weeks following reports from The Athletic that Riedewald was ready to renew his contract with the club. However, there has been no official confirmation since then, which has raised further questions over his future at the club.

He is clearly highly rated by the Palace boss, who described the Dutchman as an “intelligent player” who is a “superb professional” after he was recalled for his first appearance in the Premier League since April 2018 last season.

Riedewald’s contract will run out in 2022, which means Steve Parish will have to act soon to secure his future at the south London club as he has established himself as a first-team regular starter under Hodgson.

He has been in such fine form since the start of the season, and if he can continue his hot streak, other clubs may start to circle, as his contract is coming to an end.

Parish must reward him with a new contract once and for all, otherwise, he may live to regret his indecision.

AND in other news, Crystal Palace simply can’t afford to lose James McCarthy to Celtic…

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