Crystal Palace finds themselves amidst a tumultuous period as injuries plague key players Marc Guehi and Michael Olise following their defeat to Brighton.
Olise’s extended absence deals a significant blow, while there’s a glimmer of hope with Guehi’s potential return in a few weeks. However, Palace’s struggle for form is compounded by an upcoming challenging fixture against Chelsea at Selhurst Park.
Amidst this turmoil, the transfer window saw the arrival of Daniel Munoz and Adam Wharton, with Munoz making a commendable debut despite the weekend’s result, and Wharton making his presence felt off the bench.
Guehi’s injury opens the door for Wharton’s opportunity to shine. With limited defensive options due to Rob Holding’s absence, James Tomkins and Chris Richards emerge as potential replacements.
Richards, typically a midfielder, shifted to defense over the weekend, paving the way for Wharton’s midfield debut. This tactical adjustment suggests a potential continued role for Wharton under Hodgson’s leadership, rather than reverting Richards to midfield.
Yet, the question looms: Will Wharton receive fair treatment under Hodgson’s management? Despite his promising talent, Wharton’s acquisition may not guarantee playing time, as seen with Matheus Franca’s limited appearances despite his significant transfer fee.
While Wharton’s current position in the team seems secure during Guehi’s absence, fans eagerly anticipate his midfield presence, with Richards returning to his natural defensive role, rather than a veteran like Tomkins filling in for Guehi.