Eberechi Eze back, David Omilabu promoted: Everything we spotted in Crystal Palace training

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Crystal Palace return to Premier League action on Monday when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.

The Eagles have won just one game so far this season, and sit 14th in the table following their latest 2-2 draw with Leicester City at Selhurst Park.

Only six members of the Palace first team have been away on international duty during October, meaning Patrick Vieira has had the majority of his squad available to train at their Bromley base ahead of the match in north London.

Below, football.london has picked out the things we noticed from Palace’s training photos, which include some new faces and some old ones returning.

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Eberechi Eze is back



Eberechi Eze all smiles as he takes part in Crystal Palace training at their base in Bromley
Eberechi Eze all smiles as he takes part in Crystal Palace training at their base in Bromley

The big news for Crystal Palace fans over the last week has been the return of Eberechi Eze to parts of training.

The 23-year-old was sidelined in May after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in training but has now returned a lot quicker than originally anticipated.

Eze had an impressive breakout season last year under Roy Hodgson, scoring four goals in the Premier League and registering six assists in 34 appearances before his injury.

Palace fans have already begun dreaming of the day Eze returns to the team, with the prospect of him playing in a team alongside Wilfried Zaha, Michael Olise, Odsonne Edouard and Conor Gallagher a tantalising one for supporters.

It’s unlikely at this stage that Eze’s involvement in training will mean he is part of Vieira’s squad to take on Arsenal on Monday, though seeing him back with a ball at his feet and smiling is enough for now.

Promising youngsters promoted

Six members of the Palace first-team have been away on international duty during October, which has presented Vieira with a perfect opportunity to elevate some youngsters into training to make up the numbers.

Jay Rich-Baguelou, David Omilabu, Malachi Boateng and Joe Sheridan were all spotted working with the senior players, with Vieira able to get a good look at some of the club’s brightest prospects.

So far this season, Vieira has already handed Jesurun Rak-Sakyi his first-team debut away at Chelsea on the opening day, while also naming Scott Banks on the bench after he made a big impact during pre-season.

Both Rak-Sakyi (England Under-20s) and Banks (Scotland Under-21s) have been involved with their countries during the international break and so missed the chance to train with the first team, though it looks like more opportunities will follow as the season progresses.

Palace recently redeveloped their academy site – which now has Category One status – to the tune of £20million. The new build sits just over the road in Bromley to where the first team base is located, making the pathway into the senior team even clearer for the new generation to see.

You never lose it



Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira shows off his skills during training
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira shows off his skills during training



Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira shows off his skills during training
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira shows off his skills during training

Undoubtedly one of the best things spotted in training are the pictures of Vieira showing off his skills by ball juggling, which considering he’s a World Cup winner and was one of the best players of his generation shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The World Cup winner told Soccer AM earlier in the season that he doesn’t like to get involved too much in training, but from here it looks like if the Frenchman did, he’d definitely still be able to hold his own.

Several of the Palace players have said the Frenchman has brought a winning mentality to the team, which goes from match days all the way down to small training games.

Source by Football London

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