Crystal Palace 2021-22 season review: Selhurst Park rocking as Patrick Vieira brings welcome change to Eagles

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Crystal Palace 2021-22 season review: Selhurst Park rocking as Patrick Vieira brings welcome change to Eagles
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This time 12 months ago, Crystal Palace were stepping into an uncertain future as they prepared for life without Roy Hodgson.

On the last occasion the Eagles attemped to initiate a major change in philosphy at the club, Frank de Boer replacing Sam Allardyce in south London in 2017, the revolution lasted five games and 77 days.

Patrick Vieira has proved a far more successful appointment though and can reflect on an impressive first 12 months in charge after finishing 12th in the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Here, Standard Sport assesses the 2021-22 season at Selhurst Park…

The season in one word: Transformation

Star of the show: Conor Gallagher

Loan spells simply do not work out better than this. Fans would love to see him back next season.

Biggest letdown: Odsonne Edouard

His move has not worked out brilliantly and a tame performance in the FA Cup semi-final at the end of a brilliant Palace run edges this.

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Most improved player: Jean-Philippe Mateta

Looked a bit laboured when he first arrived but has led the line admirably since Christmas.

Game to remember: Palace 4 Everton 0 (FA Cup, March 20, 2022)

The win that booked their trip to Wembley was one of those wonderful afternoons when everything went right. Honourable mentions must go to the League victories over Manchester City and Arsenal.

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Games to forget: Palace 1 Brighton 1 (Sept 27, 2021) & Brighton 1 Palace 1 (Jan 14, 2022)

There were poorer performances elsewhere, but conceding late equalisers in both games against Brighton will still rankle most.

Rising star:Marc Guehi

The age profile of the squad means there are loads with claims — Michael Olise, Tyrick Mitchell — but Guehi has been immense and is surely headed for the World Cup with England.

Manager verdict

The “French Frank de Boer” was the fear but it could hardly have been less justified. Patrick Vieira has created a new team with a new style.

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Fans’ mood

Supporters were ready for change after years of Roy Hodgson but could not have expected it to arrive so emphatically, so quickly. Selhurst Park has been rocking all season.

Grade: B+

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