All reports suggest Tony Pulis will be announced as the new Crystal Palace manager today. It’s a decision that has split the supporters but arguably there is one person this appointment could benefit.
When Glenn Murray returns from injury he will be fighting to get back into the team. For the last four weeks now as the manager search has continued, the players have known they are going to be having to prove themselves to a new gaffer but for Murray and others on the injury list there is the extra pressure of having to wait until they are recovered, with the possibility of anything happening in the meantime.
Pulis’ much spoken of style of football involves using a target man to get the ball up to. Murray performed this job brilliantly last year, chasing down defenders, holding the ball up for oncoming teammates, and of course bagging 31 goals for himself.
Marouane Chamakh is currently playing as the furthest man forward and whilst he clearly has some talent in holding the ball up and flick-ons, he has not been able to have the impact he would have liked. Murray is much more likely to “get involved”, so to put it, and with Pulis and Ian Holloway being friends the ex-manager is likely to advise his mate of Murray’s abilities.
Reports this week suggest that Murray is still on track for a January comeback. As long as he is included in the 25-man squad he will be a welcome return, and supporters are already talking of his comeback. Of course, this will come with the added pressure of living up to last year’s achievements which may be difficult at this level, but whatever happens Murray will give 100%, which is all the new manager can ask for.