Mile Jedinak isn't one to pay attention to stats - even if they paint him as the best player in the Premier League at the moment.
Online fantasy football game Oulala has the Palace captain ranked as the leading midfielder in Europe and the best-performed English Premier League player with 397 points - 77 more than his nearest rival, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Montpellier’s Victorino Hilton ahead of him in terms of performances this season.
But the laid back Aussie isn't too bothered with such things.
"It’s nice to hear these things but people will compile different stats and take what they want from it," he said.
"For me, it's just about going out and trying to better myself with each game, rather than worrying too much about statistics.
"When you break things down into stats I don’t know if it's always the right way to look at things.
"Sure, it's becoming more prominent and rightly so in some ways, but the way I have been brought up it's about doing your utmost in different situations on the field.
"You might have a great game but your stats might not be so good. I am not saying it's irrelevant but it's not the whole story.
"It's great that people take notice and recognise me … but I never go out into a match thinking about trying to improve my stats."
Jedinak has topped the charts for the most tackles made this season already and was one of the best players in the top flight in terms of blocks last season as Palace managed to stay up.
This season he's already managed three goals, one assist, 24 clearances, 34 tackles and 32 interceptions.
But he's certainly not getting too carried away by it. "I am certainly not getting too carried away by it," he added. "
"There is another game around the corner against Sunderland and that's all I am really concerned with.
"I am happy to accept it but really it's about hard work and doing the best for your team.
"I am just happy to contribute whenever I can, whether it's a goal or helping out in any which way.
"Right now, though, I would much rather swap my goals for a few more points."
Next up for Jedinak and Palace is the visit of Sunderland in another must-win clash for Neil Warnock's Eagles.
Jedi added: "We are looking to gather a bit of momentum but right now not many teams are really on a run and the table is pretty congested.
"We are only a win away from being in mid-table and it's still early days with the season only a quarter of the way through. We just want to get some consistency going, sooner rather than later."
West Brom have released a statement claiming to be angry with Palace keeper Julian Speroni for his comments after Saturday's 2-2 draw at the hawthorns.
The Argentinean was clattered by Baggies defender Crag Dawson with an elbow to the head as Victor Anichebe scored with the score at 2-0 to the Eagles.
No foul was given and West Brom went on to find a late equaliser as Speroni was subbed off and after the game he claimed Dawson intended to injure him and that he'd received no apology.
"After the game￼ on the way home I managed to watch it back and that's when I realised how bad it was," Speroni told the Croydon Advertiser.
"I am really disappointed with the whole situation – I can't understand how he got away with it really. The guy who scored (Anichebe), he did nothing wrong, he was backing off to me and it was a normal challenge.
"There has been no apology from him and it disappoints me.
"Ben Foster came to me to see how I was and also Dean Kiely (West Brom goalkeeper coach), but I was expecting something from the guy."
In response, Albion released a statement in which manager Alan Irvine defended Dawson.
“We are extremely disappointed by these comments,” he said.
“The simple fact is Craig was only focused on winning the ball and has no case to answer.
“The challenge was seen at the time by the match officials and they clearly reached the same decision. Anyone who knows Craig knows him to be a totally honest player.
“Our club is at the forefront of raising awareness about head injuries and would never take lightly such a matter. To suggest there was any malice in Craig’s challenge is entirely wrong.”
The FYP pod team have calmed down from Saturday's WRESTLEMANIA at The Hawthorns and are ready to talk about it.
The reconvene at FYP Towers (AKA Kevin's dining room) to chat about the 2-2 draw at West Brom and, of course, Craig Dawson's PEOPLE'E ELBOW on Julian Speroni.
They also look forward to Monday night's clash with Sunderland and chat about the possible takeover at Palace.
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Crystal Palace Academy Manager Gary Issott has suggested that young starlet Mandela Egbo could earn himself a loan move this season after some excellent early performances for the club's U21 side.
The right-back only turned 17 last month but has already made the step up to the U21 side at Palace, having broken into the club’s U18 side as a 15-year-old, and Issott has been impressed with the youngster’s performances.
“Mandela has done really well and we’re absolutely delighted with him and how he performed.”
The England U18 full-back is highly regarded amongst the coaching staff at Selhurst Park and it is understood that a professional contract is likely to be offered in the coming weeks to stave away any interest from other clubs and keep Egbo with the Eagles.
He went close to scoring on several occasions during the U21s' 3-1 victory over Brentford last night, with some rasping long range efforts narrowly heading over the crossbar.
Issott added: “He’s a very good prospect at the minute and as long as he stays focussed and fit Mandela’s going to have a very good chance of staying in the 21s and also there may be some interest from clubs for a loan move.”
I think we just found the momentum at the right time. Gust did a good job steadying the ship when he first came in, then we had a difficult spell in the league culminating in a thrashing by Spurs. Then all of a sudden Wickham turned up and started scoring. Things just clicked into place for those last 5 or 6 games. People like Borini, Cattermole and Larsson were superb.
We need to find that fluidity in our play again this year. At the moment it's been a bit stuttery. Obviusly the Southampton result hasn't helped things along either. I do think we'll be fine, but once more it'll be a season of sticky patches followed by some light relief.
You can see the confidence is through the floor right now. Players are making stupid mistakes. Had it not been for two more against Arsenal last Saturday we would have been good value for a point. The true test of the initial recovery will come on Mondaynight. It should be a more even game on the pitch and there'll be a great atmosphere off it. It's the first big game of the season in my opinion and I'm really looking forward to it.
Patrick van Aanholt has been very good up to now. He looks a snip and we've been desperate for a permanent left back for a long while. Billy Jones has looked good, but is injured. Will Buckley has had his moments too. Emanuele Giaccherini had a great pre season and looked sharp, then got injured. That's been a real blow.
Aside from the game against Stoke, all the forwards have been desperately disappointing. Mannone has been shaky to see the least. That's a bit disappointing since he was out player of the season last year.
I think they're two good clubs with a great, passionate core support. We've had some tasty ties over the years, and you were a bit of a bogey side for us in the late 90's/early 00's. I used to hate facing Palace at Selhurst when I was a kid. Still have bad dreams about Morrison, Forssell and Shipperly!
I've not seen a whole lot of Palace, so I can't give a strong opinion. I was really surprised Warnock reappeared, it's just odd! But he seems to be doing alright. You seem to have some pace in wide areas which would worry me, and some solidity in the middle of the park with Jedinak who is very consistent.
I'll blindly say we're going to win 2-1. I'll definitely be wrong!
A new takeover of Palace by American businessman Josh Harris is reportedly close to completion. But is it good or bad news? Here's Patrick Stevens and his thoughts...
Well, after all the debate, now might be the time we really find out. So what's at stake, and what might be in store?
Firstly, we all know now that modern football is a business: huge foreign investors, vast sums from Sky TV and now BT Sport, and sponsorship deals that sound like telephone numbers mean that the top premier league clubs have riches beyond the dreams of avarice. Footballers are the new Hollywood (or at least the new ‘Made in Essex’) with the money to either burn (literally apparently if you are Jonathan Woodgate) or to become international philanthropists; like Craig Bellamy would you believe in Sierra Leone or Yannick paying for two fans to get into West Brom away. Journeymen foreign players come and go, while few English players make the top level; managers are sacked within weeks if there isn't instant success and fans are charged an arm and a leg to go and watch two perennial mid table survivors... Oh and Sky TV shows Man Utd every week.
And what has it brought us?
Well yes, it has brought us modern stadiums with easy access and super new facilities (oh how the Palace fans looked in awe and wonder at the clean toilets at the Hawthorns on Saturday), and it has brought us some of the better players in the world who can produce football at a level we could not have imagined twenty years ago (and if you watch Man City, their world class players sometimes even play their best for 20 minutes at a time!...though of course that only happens once a month), and we’ve even got spray on foam at free kicks. But at what cost?
We now have a Premier League that, despite constantly being hyped as the best in the world, is probably the least competitive football league in the West. For some years now it has been a two horse race - after Arsenal stutter and fall away in March. Last year Liverpool confused everyone, and actually made a go of it (until one night in Crystanbul). But even that was a flash in the pan, and their best player has left for a bite of success in Spain, as they settle back into 6th. Two teams out of twenty with a possible chance is half as competitive as the much derided Scottish league when Rangers and Celtic had their private battles. And how sustainable is that? This year it seems that the competition could be over by Xmas.
And what does that mean for the rest of us? Well in the premier league it means that from about 6th down we are all in a relegation battle. Some more exciting than for others but in truth survival is the aim, and relegation the genuine focus of most of us for much of the time; just ask Swansea last season. That’s fine at the start but who really wants to be Stoke? And as for success.... Well somehow scrape in to 6th Or reach the absolute summit and manage to beat Bradford at Wembley, and the Europa League will seriously threaten your very survival ; again, just ask Swansea! Give enough Europa, you might just hang yourself.
Add to that Sterile all seater stadiums where Arsenal is famously known as a library (where you can study the statistical reason why you are in fact the best team in the world despite never winning anything) or, God forbid, Chelsea where they hire professional flag wavers. Still, at least no one has yet sunk as low as having plastic clappers in the play offs ....
And then there's Palace.
Palace, wonderful Palace. With our flirtation with the lower leagues, our two administrations in ten years; our being bought by fans. With our creaking Selhurst park (and its new gates) and our home grown Holmesdale fanatics who changed us into the most vibrant, lively set of fans respected the land over. With our team spirit, where players like Mile Jedinak and the universally adored Jules give us everything they have and make us feel part of something real. And we love it. We LOVE it.
And then somehow, against all the odds, we get up into the monied elite and then even more amazingly we stay there. We become the nation’s favourite other team (at least until we appointed Neil) and we are loving it even more (well most of us). In many ways, we are the perfect example of what you can be if you are true to your roots and build a sustainable old fashioned club. Perhaps Swansea might argue with that, and in fairness Everton, but we are new kids on the block and we are tearing it up.
And in the world as it is, that is all most can dream of…….till now
Suddenly, out of nowhere, we are the subject of a bid from a US Billionaire. Someone who can do that thing everyone talks about, but no one really defines, and 'take us to the next level'. But at what price?
On the way home from the Chelsea game recently I had a very polite conversation about the HF poster and how Chelsea had been built on money of questionable parentage. Those fans said I was just jealous. I assured them I was not, and that if you asked a palace fan 95% would choose to stay with CPFC 2010 rather than become Chelski. And I meant it. But was I right? Well we maybe about to find out
Personally, I don't think life at Palace could be very much better. Yes, I would love a European trip; my god I would love to win the FA Cup; though I have to admit I've never really believed we would win the title (save for one moment in 1980 when Dave Swindlehurst scored the 4th goal v Ipswich to take us top) but what am I prepared to give up to achieve that.
From where we stand now I would have to say ; Not very much. There is a wonderful saying 'Be careful what you wish for' and it is something I truly believe. What does it mean? Well how about Cardiff and Vincent Tan's millions getting them promoted at last? Pompey's all-stars winning the FA cup? Blackpool's glorious year in the Premier? Did they bring longer term happiness? Even Chelsea’s never ending success. I know more Chelsea fans that look back on the 70's as the glory years rather than boast of ten years at the top bankrolled by Roman. And does anyone know a happy Arsenal fan?
And what can we realistically achieve through being bought out - either we become Man City, maybe a Spurs or God Forbid a Newcastle. And where does this money come from? And how long is the vast expenditure justified in a world wracked with poverty and a country in austerity?
And anyway, why do it? Surely we already have it all; a genuine club, with genuine fans, and genuine owners plus a decent team who compete in almost every game. That, my friends, is football Nirvana. And let's not forget it as the dollar bills begin to rain down.
But nothing lasts forever, time and tide wait for no man, and nothing beats a cliché in football. So, football is a business, and we are a product. Our reality is that CPFC 2010 always said they were reluctant custodians (less reluctant by the day I suspect) and will sell sometime. So perhaps the best we can hope for is that they sell to the right man.
We can never know what the future holds, but all reports of the interested party is he is more Richard Branson than Roman Abrahmovic. We are told he builds on the clubs innate strengths and puts the fans first. We also hear he trusts those who know to run the business - he is the money man. And I, for one, trust CPFC 2010. Maybe this is the best we could hope for.
Perhaps, just perhaps, if this deal goes through and he is all his US clubs say he is, and he leaves Steve Parish and the gang as managing directors, then we can keep what we have and more. And who knows, maybe we can become Crystal Palace – not only the best club in the land, with the best fans, the best owners, but also Crystal Palace with a tiny bit of silverware to sit alongside the ZDS cup.