In our view, there are few players more important to Crystal Palace than James McArthur.
Ever since arriving from Wigan in a £7 million deal in 2014, the Scot has delivered a vast amount of tireless, committed displays for the Eagles.
However, playing in such a manner for so many years will surely take its toll on McArthur’s body.
At 33 years of age, the ex-Hamilton man needs to be rested more by Roy Hodgson, a point proven by his display against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Before being rested against Leicester last week, McArthur has started 13 Premier League games out of a possible 15, where he was looking a bit drained.
However, after a bit of rest, the Scot was back to his best against the Blades.
Crystal Palace’s No.18 earned the WhoScored Man of the Match award, after recording a whopping eight tackles against Chris Wilder’s men.
No player on the pitch registered more.
Additionally, McArthur picked up an assist, while also playing two key passes and embarking on two dribbles.
He was absolutely brilliant, and it was interesting to see him deliver a high-energy performance just one game after Hodgson started him on the bench – something that doesn’t happen often.
Perhaps his display against Sheffield United proves, once and for all, that McArthur requires special treatment at this stage of his career.