Vital Football

Latest Crystal Palace News

Leigertgood

Leigertgood

Mikele Leigertwood became Iain Dowie’s first permanent acquisition for Crystal Palace when he joined from Wimbledon in January 2004 for a £155,000 fee. In the two or so years since that move his Palace performances have fluctuated, encapsulating the sublime and the ridiculous, and pretty much everything in between.

Supporter adulation has perhaps understandably not always followed Leigertwood, but what is inexplicable is the fact that some “fans” would consider booing one of Palace’s most honest and hardest working players. The development of young players can certainly frustrate at times. But Palace fans need to ask themselves whether attacking the likes of Leigertwood, Tom Soares and Ben Watson is constructive to those individuals and the team as a whole. While there are undoubtedly technical rough edges in need of refinement, the progress that Leigertwood has made since he became a Palace player should be crystal clear for even the most blinkered, small-minded fan to notice.

Having joined Palace as a centre back Leigertwood underwent a successful transfiguration and spent the majority of the 2004/2005 as a defensive midfielder. It is at full back however that two of his most accomplished displays have been witnessed. The 1-1 draw against Arsenal in November 2004 can rightly be remembered with fondness by Palace fans. Inspired by tales of Muhammad Ali, Palace refused to be cowed by reputation and produced a display full of fight and determination.

Leigertwood made his first Premiership appearance as a 23rd minute substitute in that game. There are pivotal moments in a sportsman’s career when a performance is needed to justify expectation and potential. As Leigertwood took the field the tension emanating from the Palace supporters was palpable – would he rise to the occasion or crumble under pressure? Leigertwood’s answer was immediate. Fearsome in the tackle, fearless in possession, and adventurous when opportunity permitted, he allayed any fans’ fears with an emphatic display that day.

Against Cardiff on Saturday Leigertwood again played at full-back, and again excelled. Aki Riihilahti was the official man of the match, but Leigertwood can feel proud of a dynamic display. Whether he can carve a successful positional niche for himself remains to be seen - the curse of the utility man has stifled many a footballing career in the past.

frighteningly forceful tackler, with a developing skill set and passing range, Leigertwood definitely has the physical and technical qualities to progress. With a contract that expires this summer it is unclear whether that progress will be realised at Palace.

Writer:
Date:Monday February 6 2006
Time: 8:58PM

Comments

0
Seems like he should be given a fair go from the supporters.
pompeygray
22/03/2006 03:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Crystal Palace Articles

Massive Game For Sam - Injury Blow

Manager Sam Allardyce has held his pre Middlesbrough press conference and he knows just how 'massive' this match is for Crystal Palace and our relegation battle.

Parish Focused On Survival

Chairman Steve Parish was meeting with the press this week to talk about how he wants Crystal Palace to galvanise itself in our battle against relegation.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 25th-27th Feb 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

The Crystal Palace Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Crystal Palace and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Palace Articles

Vital Palace articles from

Site Journalists

Eddy Eagle
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough
Suggested By:
Palace win50%
Middlesbrough win50%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Crystal Palace Results (view all)

Crystal Palace Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment