Two Players Who Slavis Jokanovic Should Sign If He Takes Over As Crystal Palace Boss
Crystal Palace are without a manager after Sam Allardyce resigned from the job, just a few days after securing the club’s Premier League status for another season.
The former England manager was brought in to stop the club from facing relegation after a poor first half of the campaign under Alan Pardew, and Big Sam delivered, and in the process also maintained his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League. However, soon after that, he decided to step down citing personal reasons, leaving Palace to find a new manager ahead of the next campaign.
Several names have been mentioned in relation to the vacant position at the Selhurst Park, but the front-runner at this point seems to be Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic. The Serbian has done a fine job with the Cottagers and almost led them back to the Premier League, only to falter in the playoffs and now finds himself in the hot seat for the position as the Eagles’ new boss.
In case Palace appoint him, Jokanovic will want to bring in his own players to suit his requirements and principles, and here are two players that he might sign if he gets the job at the Selhurst Park.
As it happens so often in the world of football, a manager more often than not goes back to his former club to sign players for his new team. And we could see Jokanovic try and pull off something similar and sign Tom Cairney from Fulham.
The 26-year old was the Cottagers’ best player and one of the best midfielders in the EFL Championship this past season. The one-time capped Scottish international finished the season with a brilliant return of 13 goals and 12 assists from 51 games across all competitions. His creativity and guile from midfield, combined with his goal-scoring capabilities would make him a huge asset to any side he plays for.
With Yohan Cabaye’s future at Palace anything but certain, they will need someone to fill in the vacancy left behind by the Frenchman if he leaves and Cairney will be the perfect fit into the scheme of the things.
The 24-year old Chelsea defender has been farmed out loan year after year and last time around, he enjoyed a very strong campaign with Fulham under Jokanovic.
Kalas made a total of 40 appearances across all competitions for the Cottagers across all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign scoring once and assisting thrice and had become the mainstay in the backline for the team. With Palace short on options at the heart of the defence – only captain Scott Dann and James Tomkins are the 2 senior centre-backs available. Jokanovic will want to address that issue if he takes up the managerial post at Palace.
With a wealth of defensive options at Stamford Bridge, it is unlikely that he will be a part of the plans for manager Antonio Conte and may consider a move away. A chance to work once again with Jokanovic may appeal to him as well.