Three Crystal Palace youngsters set for a big year in 2022: Nathan Ferguson, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Michael Olise

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Patrick Vieira has had a strong start to life as Crystal Palace manager, and he’ll be hoping there’s more to come next year as he looks to push his side up the table.

Here’s three young players that could help him do just that in 2022...

Nathan Ferguson

Could this finally be his year? It’s almost two years since Crystal Palace first made eyes at Nathan Ferguson.

The now 21-year-old saw a January move collapse in 2020 due to the late discovery of a knee issue which would prove the start of a torrid run of injury problems.

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A move to south London finally came about in the summer of that year but the full-back is yet to make a senior appearance for Palace due to persistent injury woes.

Ferguson is now fit again and hoping to impress with the Under-23s before breaking into the first team under Patrick Vieira.

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi

With the new academy having opened in south London there is plenty to be excited about in the future, but Rak-Sakyi is the one many are looking to.

Having been named in a couple of senior matchday squads at the end of Roy Hodgson’s tenure, the forward - who has earned comparisons with Wilfried Zaha - made his first appearance for Crystal Palace off the bench on the opening day of this season at Chelsea, the club who released him at 16.

The 19-year-old scored on his England Under-20 debut the next month and models his game on Eberechi Eze. Certainly one to watch.

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Michael Olise

Already an exciting feature of the first team but someone who certainly has more to come.

Signed from Reading over the summer, Olise has bundles of potential but has had to be patient with Vieira content to play the long game and ensure that the club get the attacking midfielder’s development just right.

There has been a lot of excitement around the France youth international, especially after an early game-changing appearance off the bench against Leicester City as Palace came from behind to earn a draw with Olise scoring his first goal for the club.

Despite the hype, the 20-year-old has started just two Premier League games as Vieira looks to bed him in before letting the youngster run free. Perhaps 2022 could but his time to really shine.

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