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Eight tackles: £7m man proved he needs special treatment in Crystal Palace's 2-0 win - Our View

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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.

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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.

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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.

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