During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with Talk Crystal Palace. “My name’s Ollie and I’ve been a Palace fan my whole life. I’ve always been a very opinionated person, particularly regarding football, so decided to start a YouTube channel when I started University. It went really well and I loved doing it but decided to move more to just Twitter after I graduated. I still do the odd preview for other fan channels and remain very active in the online Palace community“
So, with that said, let’s carry on with the interview:
Millsy: Do you still believe that Roy Hodgson is the man to take your team forward?
TCP: Maybe for one more season whilst we rebuild our squad but long-term no and I don’t think the board back him too much either, hence the lack of investment. He’s the oldest manager in PL history and realistically has a maximum of 2/3 seasons left in him. I think the board are reluctant to invest too much in him as there is no way he is a long-term option for us. However, if/when Wilf goes, I think we need a manager who can keep us organised and hard to beat, which is his speciality.
Millsy: Who was your player of the year this season and why? Is there anyone else you have in mind that could also have won it?
TCP: There were 3 standout players for most fans but Jordan Ayew was most people’s first choice. He scored 9 goals this season and every single one of them won us points – I think that, without his goals, we would have been relegated (technically). He works very hard and scored some memorable ones, including the winner away at Brighton and an unbelievable solo effort against West Ham (which was WAY better than Son’s against Burnley, btw). Vicente Guaita and Gary Cahill were also excellent and when their form dipped/Cahill got injured, we began to really struggle. James McArthur was also excellent all year.
Millsy: Looking to the transfer window, what kind of business should Crystal Palace should be doing, and which possible arrivals are you most excited about?
TCP: We need to sign some young players – we have the oldest squad in the league and it’s concerning. We’ve already signed Nathan Ferguson from West Brom who is the ideal right-back to take us forward. Wingers, strikers and attacking midfielders are what we need to be looking at and the club have made it clear we are looking for players that have a lot of potential. Ebere Eze from QPR has emerged as our main target and I think he would be a great signing – he’s young, local and a really exciting talent. We’ve been linked with Ryan Fraser and Ismaila Sarr too. Fraser would be decent but Sarr would be brilliant. I’m not sure we’ll get him though.
Millsy: Do you think that Crystal Palace will be able to hold on to Wilfired Zaha or do you see him leaving this time around? What is your opinion on him, especially given his transfer request last season?
Request: I love Wilf as much as I love Palace and I don’t think I’m alone when I say I want him to leave this summer. Of course, it’d be wonderful if he decided to play for us forever but he’s far too good for us and I’d love to see him move to a huge club – Arsenal would be good for him, or maybe even a move abroad to someone like PSG (who were reportedly interested last summer). I just hope he doesn’t move somewhere live Everton, where he’s only going to be challenging top 7 at best season after season. He’s far better than that and I hope his ambition takes him higher than them. Whatever happens this summer, he’s our GOAT and we will love him all the same.
Millsy: So, looking to next season, how do you think this squad will perform and what are your expectations for that? Is it aspirations for Europe or are you still focused on a nice, mid-table finish?
TCP: It entirely depends on our transfer window. If we do what we did last summer and sell our best player whilst spending no money then we will be in big trouble. However, I don’t think that will happen. Realistically we won’t challenge Europe with this squad without major reinforcements and serious investment, which surely won’t happen this summer. It’s a project at Palace. As long as we comfortably stay up next season, whilst giving a few of the big boys a scare like we normally do and play some slightly more entertaining football, I’ll be happy.
Millsy: Thank you very much again for agreeing to this interview, it was great to hear your side.
So, that concludes this interview, thank you very much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it. If you did enjoy reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what Talk Crystal Palace is up to, you can visit his Twitter page here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.