Frank de Boer gave the kids a chance vs Maidstone and they took it

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Frank de Boer won his first game as Palace manager in a 3-1 pre-season friendly win at Maidstone.

He promised to give the club's youngsters a chance and did just that, asking U23 boss Ricahrd Shaw to put out a young team.

The kids did him proud and came away comfortable winners, although it was Jordon Mutch, the only first team squad man who played, who grabbed a brace.

Youngster Jacob Berkeley grabbed the third after Joe Piggot had equalised for Maidstone. The likes of Levi Lumeka, Jason Lokilo, Andre Coker, Kian Flanagan and Tyler Brown all impressed for the young Eagles.

De Boer was pleased with what he saw and is planning more opportunities for the kids.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "I think it was very good. The fist half I think was the most important for a good start. I saw some very good things I think Richard [Shaw, U23 boss] did a very good job to get them in the shape that you want to see.

"So I’m very happy with the performance today and looking forward to some of the [young] players joining in with first team training and getting that experience

"We already had some inside information on who they are but you want to see them in a game and I think they confirmed what has been said, that there are some good talented players and in the future maybe hopefully be first-team players.

"It’s what the club want and it’s what I want. First you look to the academy and then out from there.

"If there is no talent right now on that specific spot then you look further but we were always going to look to the academy to give them a chance.

"They did some very good things that we want to see. We spoke about what we want but they have already shown a lot of progress.

"Of course there are details and things where they can get better but for the first time they have played this [way] it’s a very good compliment for the boys."


Chelsea fans tell us what to expect from Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Palace's first signing of the summer is Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge and has been a star for England U21s too, but how will he fit in at Selhurst?

He told Palace's official website when he joined that he prefers the no.10 position.

he said: 

He said: "I’ve played in a number of positions over the past couple of years but recently I’ve been playing as a number 10 for England and Chelsea.

"Last year I was also playing in a front three. In the academy I was playing as a defensive midfielder so I don’t mind playing wherever, as long as I’m playing.”

And Frank de Boer seems to agree, adding: “He’s an attacking midfielder obviously, but with his attacking ability he could also be used as a sitting midfielder.

"We will have to see what is the best position for him and also what will be the best for the team.”

We asked some well-known Chelsea fans exactly this, as well as what else to expect from the youngster. Watch below to see what they said...



Palace sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in their first signing of the summer

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Finally! Palace have announced their first signing of the summer and it's Ruben Loftus-Cheek arriving from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old midfielder is Frank de Boer's first signing since becoming Eagles boss and the South Londoner can't wait to get started.


“I had the option of coming to Palace and I thought that it would be great for me,” he said to

“I live not too far away, I was born in Lewisham and Palace is good club so I thought it’s a good chance to play here and be a part of the team. They have a very strong team and I’d like to be a part of that this season.

“I hope to play a lot more games and give everything I’ve got. I think we can do well in the league as well as the cup competitions, so I’ve got high hopes.”

On playing for De Boer he added: “He’s looking forward to working with me as I am with them. He wants to get to know me and see how I play, and hopefully we can have a good season together.”

And when asked where he prefer to play, RLC said: “I’ve played in a number of positions over the past couple of years but recently I’ve been playing as a number 10 for England and Chelsea, said Loftus-Cheek. “Last year I was also playing in a front three. In the academy I was playing as a defensive midfielder so I don’t mind playing wherever, as long as I’m playing.”



Palace's Youth Prospects might not make Immediate Impact

Written by Matt Woosnam
Palace fans are desperate to see youth players make the breakthrough into the first team, and with Frank de Boer's arrival, that hope has increased. Matt Woosnam takes a look at who de Boer has at his disposal, and whether they can make the cut. 


It is no secret that Palace’s academy has been a fruitful one in the past, or indeed that those who come through the ranks are greeted with affection, received warmly, and given backing like few other clubs’ youngsters.

However, there have been few recent graduates of the academy in recent years with just 100 games played by academy graduates who have debuted in the seven years since CPFC 2010 took over the club and subsequent US investment.With new boss Frank De Boer and chairman Steve Parish both stating a desire for youth to break through, there is a chance Palace fans may be able to laud a new starlet, to watch them develop and enjoy their progress. The most likely of the current crop to break through this season is Sullay Kaikai. His name is the most recognised amongst supporters, having capped his debut with a goal against Newcastle in the League Cup back in September 2014.

Nevertheless, that, in itself tells a story. It has been a frustrating time for the winger, who had to wait almost another two years to make his Premier League bow when he was introduced at half-time in the final match of the 2015-16 season against Southampton. Loan spells at Cambridge and Shrewsbury were productive, but upon making the leap to the Championship with Brentford, Kaikai found himself warming the bench on many occasions.There were positive noises from the Bees’ management, and there is no doubting his absolute desire and commitment to the game, but in reality, another season spent in the Championship beckons before he would be thrown into the brave new world of the Premier League. 

Hiram Boateng is another who has spent time out on loan, and whose name will be familiar to fans. The defensive midfielder is strong and powerful, with good technique, but has failed to gain experience above League One. Palace were willing to listen to offers short of £500,000 for him last season, but none were forthcoming. That is not necessarily to say he has no future at Selhurst Park, but any move into the first-team in the highest tier of English football looks extremely unlikely for this campaign at least - particularly when there is likely to be strong competition for places in the middle of the pitch.

It is the younger players who hold out the most hope for those Palace fans desperate to see another Wilfried Zaha or Jonathan Williams break through. The likely lads are Luke Dreher, Nya Kirby and Kian Flanagan. It is unlikely they will feature in the first-team this season barring a sudden upturn in their fortunes, but if de Boer is here for the medium to long-term, and he like Parish, who name-checked all three on Holmesdale Radio last season - is serious about giving youth a chance, there could be a place in the next few years.

Scholar-of-the-year Flanagan is likely to spend at least the early part of the season with the development squad. This will be the first year he is no longer eligible for the U18s, such is the regard Palace hold him in that he featured equally in both squads last campaign. The 17-year-old is blessed with the ball at his feet, but it is his ability to refine other areas which will determine his future. Should he progress sufficiently then a loan may beckon in January.

The England U17 international Kirby joined from Tottenham last season and was thrust straight into the U23 side at 16, impressing Palace coaching staff as one of the outstanding performers of the campaign. There are very high hopes for the youngest of these three central midfielders. Like Flanagan, he may spend time in the U23s before moving out on loan.

It is Dreher who is the only one with a realistic chance of debuting this season. On the bench at Old Trafford the season before last, and having travelled with the squad on a regular basis, he has gained invaluable experience. The 18-year-old’s style is reminiscent of that of a young Steven Gerrard and he has plenty of talent. He was rushed back too soon from injury in December before a longer lay-off from the resulting aggravated injury saw him suffer a frustrating season. There is no doubt that Palace will seek to loan him out, and should he perform well then he stands a good chance of breaking through in the next few seasons.

Finally, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has caught the eye of coaches having moved into a right wing-back slot, although again, it is a difficult position to break through in, and he lacks any experience of senior football.

Those expecting to see a raft of youngsters move into the first-team reckoning will surely be disappointed, with Kaikai the only one with a chance of being involved this campaign.