Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis will play long-ball game, says Matt Law

Last Updated: 28/11/13 12:41pm

Matt Law told The Sunday Supplement that Tony Pulis may sign Peter Crouch as he looks to lead Crystal Palace to Premier League safety.

Ex-Stoke chief Pulis has taken charge of the Eagles on a two-and-a-half-year deal and had a watching brief as the Londoners picked up a morale-boosting victory - just their second in the top flight this term - at Hull.

But Mirror journalist Law thinks the Welshman - who left the Britannia Stadium over the summer - will look to bolster his new squad during the next transfer window and believes the 55-year-old could prise current Potters frontman Crouch and use him as an attacking focal point.

"I think Pulis will revert to type and be quite direct at Palace."

Matt Law

"I think a phone call will be going into Crouch before January, while I think a winger will be signed to ping the balls in for Crouch," said Law.

"Pulis was moving away from the long ball at Stoke but he probably had the luxury to do that because he didn't think they would have gone down with a style change.

"But at Palace I think he will revert to type and be quite direct.


"It doesn't have to be a disaster if they go down, though, as they get parachute payments and West Brom used those to become a stronger squad after a period of bouncing around.

"QPR, too, were in all sorts of mess last season but have made some sensible signings and are likely to some back up.

"So while Palace want to stay up they probably have one eye on going down and have employed a manager with Championship experience."

Pulis joined Palace over four weeks after Ian Holloway departed the Selhurst Park hot-seat, during which time Dan Petrescu, Malky Mackay and former Eagles boss Iain Dowie were linked with the job.

But The Sun's Charlie Wyett applauded the Londoners' hierarchy for taking their time over the decision, and feels Pulis could keep his record of never having been relegated as a manager intact come May.

"[Crystal Palace co-chairman] Steve Parish and the board got a bit of stick for waiting so long and I think some supporters wanted to see some movement," said Wyett.

"But if they had rushed it and made a bad appointment there would have been more room for criticism."

"I think Pulis has a chance of keeping Palace up, though he has a big job because Holloway ripped the heart out of the team by bringing in 14-15 new players.

"I hope they stay up, too, because they bring something different to the division and the atmosphere at Selhurst Park has been outstanding this season."