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Stephen Bridle: Let's resist selling Joniesta

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AFTER a pair of terrific international displays, including a man of the match performance on his first start for the full Wales team, the eyes of countless Premier League scouts are firmly fixed on Jonny Williams.

When Freedman was manager, his policy was to protect the younger players coming through and you could imagine he'd never have given permission for Joniesta to speak to the various media outlets he has recently.

There's method in the madness though, and I think that method is to make Williams' name so synonymous with that of Crystal Palace Football Club that the two separated would be nigh-on unthinkable; just like that of Arsenal and Jack Wilshere.

The inevitable links with a summer move will start with a vengeance now, and some are worried that it might have an effect on his game – but this is wholly different to the Zaha situation.

Here we have a young player who has his head firmly placed on his shoulders and a massive love for the club.

Let's just hope that when the big boys come calling, and they will, the owners will be able to see sense past the vast sums of money offered to prise this gem away from Palace.

What a shambles the Football League Awards were – they should hang their heads in shame. It's the man that beat Glenn Murray to the player of the year award who has ruffled my feathers.

Matej Vydra has had a good season, sure. His manager's comments, however, paint a picture of his goal-scoring prowess earning him the accolade. "As soon as he got the opportunity he started to score goals and he hasn't stopped," said an annoyingly smug Gianfranco Zola.

Well, if it's net-busting that earned the reward, Muzza currently sits on 29 league goals - nine more than Vydra.


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