If Patrick Vieira wants to get the Selhurst Park faithful on his side, there’s one simple thing he can do in the infancy of his Crystal Palace career.
What can Patrick Vieira do?
Well, play the youngsters – it’s as simple as that.
Of course, Vieira will want to get results early on, as he is still far from proven in the world of football management.
However, even just ten or 15 minute cameos for the likes of Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and Scott Banks would see the supporters warm to him.
It’s something that Roy Hodgson rarely did, unless he absolutely needed to.
You might argue that he brought Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrick Mitchell through. You’d be correct in doing that, but context is needed.
Wan-Bissaka only got an opportunity as Joel Ward was injured, while the same goes for Mitchell, who benefitted from injuries to Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp.
The Selhurst Park faithful would love it
We pride ourselves on developing academy prospects – it’s what Crystal Palace do, and will hopefully continue to do for decades.
Even if things go south for Vieira in SE25 and he is sacked, fans will still be grateful to him for playing a role in the next generation.
In Rak-Sakyi and Banks, we have two great attacking gems who have impressed throughout pre-season.
The duo have earned their chance, and it’s now down to Vieira to be brave and play them, even when he might be tempted to trust the more experienced players to get him the results he needs.