Ghana’s Jeffrey Schlupp was the hero last weekend for Crystal Palace as they drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.
The winger played the entire 90 minutes, but left it late to equalize and earn a point for the ‘Eagles’.
Schlupp scored in the 81st minute of the game to deny Jose Mourinho another derby victory in a space of a week.
The 27-year-old is very versatile and can play in several positions across the field.
Speaking to Crystal Palace TV, his manager Roy Hodgson opened up about what he thinks is the player’s best position.
“I would contest that he’s been played in a lot of different positions. He did have one game where he played alongside the front player, a bit more centrally;” said Hodgson.
“For the best part, we think Jeff’s best position is in one of the wide positions, and because he’s two-footed – predominant left, I know, but he’s a two-footed player.
“We can play him in those wider midfield positions, which is what he’s suited to as well, because he doesn’t play as a winger in those positions, so we can keep the compactness of our play with him and Eberechi Eze and Andros will do the same job,” he added.
Hodgson admits that having the attacker in his team allows more freedom for the rest of the attacking players, his role in the squad has grown substantially.
“Having him enables us to have the two front players, which at the moment are Wilfried and Christian, and they’re doing a good job for us. I think when you play with two upfront which at the moment we’re doing, you’ve got to make certain that the midfield is solid, and to get that we need players like Jeff, Andros and Eberechi Eze who are prepared to come in off the touchline and not see how much chalk they can get on their boots during the course of the 90 minutes,” he concluded.
Palace travel to the London Stadium on Wednesday evening to play against West Ham United in another London derby before hosting champions Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
The ‘Eagles’ currently sit in 11th spot on the log with 17 points from 12 Premier League games.
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