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VIDEO: Pardew Talks To The Press In The Build-Up To West Ham

Alan Pardew spoke to the press yesterday afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s trip to face Sam Allardyce’s West Ham at Upton Park.

Questioned on the general fitness of the squad, the Palace boss gave an update on what is probably best described as a mini striker crisis, with three strikers missing from the first-team for the next week or so, with Chamakh and Yaya Sanogo both ruled out in the short-term and Fraizer Campbell suffering with a hamstring issue that could keep him out for up to six weeks.

After an impressive display against Arsenal, Pardew has spoken about the importance of tomorrow’s game, as the team look to replicate the level of performance shown against Arsene Wenger’s men, in an attempt to gain another vital three points in the search for survival, with an otherwise clean bill of health throughout the squad.

Given the apparent return of James McArthur, Pardew continued to play his cards close to his chest in relation to the potential return of Mile Jedinak to the starting XI, who despite being the club captain, will seemingly not receive any preferential treatment from the Palace supremo in winning his starting role back at the expense of others.

Thanks to the club’s official YouTube channel, his comments, in summary are attached below.


Palace Frontman Remains A Key Part Of Alan Pardew’s Plans

After Glenn Murray’s spell out on loan with Reading earlier in the season, there had been some suggestion that he could be on the move once more in the next few days, but now, Palace boss Alan. Pardew has moved to completely dismiss any talk of the striker in the imminent future.

With promotion-chasing Bournemouth having been mentioned as a possible destination for the 31-year-old frontman, some had worried that his continued presence on the substitute’s bench rather than in the starting XI was a sign that a move away was on the cards, but after a successful cameo against Arsenal last weekend, it looks as though the former Brighton man may have earned himself a starting spot after all.

When speaking to press on Thursday afternoon, Pardew said:

“I never envisaged, after giving him a new contract three weeks ago, that he was going anywhere.

“That was complete rubbish and paper talk. If all the guys were fit he would still be here. He is here and he is available for selection for this game.”

Although Neil Warnock clearly struggled to understand the added dimensions that Murray can offer to any side, it’s clearly something that Pardew has noted very quickly, with quite a lot of his public musings having centered around the class that the man in question possesses when used in the final third of field.

Admittedly, prior to the last week or so, Murray may have struggled to force his way into the starting XI thanks to performances in training alone, but from his perspective, the lengthy injury to Fraizer Campbell may serve to be a real blessing.

Should he pick up from where he left off against Arsenal, we could well see him tucking another goal or two, especially when you consider the possibility of Bolasie and Zaha rampaging down each flank and supplying him with the service he thrived on in 2013.

Clearly, Alan Pardew believes that Murray is more than capable of being the side’s main source of goals in the next few games, with previous experience suggesting that regardless of the perceived step-up in class from the Championship to the Premier League, he will always be a natural finisher, and in any league, that’s worth it’s weight in gold.

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