Crystal Palace captain Joel Ward has spoken out on the ambitions of the club this season and he believes they can achieve one thing.
The right-back has been at Crystal Palace since they were promoted back to the Premier League in the summer of 2013.
Now, he is the club captain, something he was awarded in the summer. The 33 year-old is still in the starting eleven, and no doubt the Eagles will need to sign a new right-back soon.
So, what’s the latest comments from Ward about the ambitions of Crystal Palace? Let’s take a look…
What’s the story?
Speaking to the Crystal Palace media team, Ward said: “Within the club we have [set targets]. We just want to make sure we continue to better ourselves. Attacking that top 10 is where we see ourselves.
“I think we have the quality and that we possess the talent to do so, but the Premier League is such a tough league. Nothing is a given, so we have to go out there and earn it.”
No doubt fans of the club will want to be finishing in the top half of the division. They have only managed this once since promotion and that was in their first season back in the top-flight.
Now, teams who have been promoted after us are finishing in the top half and it will be interesting to see whether the Eagles can match them.
Joel Ward on Crystal Palace’s ambition
It has been a very good start to the season for Crystal Palace. They have picked up seven points from four games and sit seventh in the Premier League ahead of the international break.
They have beaten the teams that fans would expect them to be and also managed to pick up a point in a very tough fixture away to Brentford.
Their only loss so far has come to title challengers Arsenal, and now, Ward believes that the club can achieve something they have only managed once since returning to the division.
The form of the club so far has shown that they can battle in the top half of the division if they can keep their momentum going.
The one issue for the squad no doubt is the lack of strong depth. Some of the substitute players were given a chance to impress in the Carabao Cup and were 2-0 down. It took the normal starting players to produce a come back in that match.
If a key player like Eberechi Eze gets injured alongside the already injured Michael Olise then the club would struggle massively.