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Hodgson predicts 'opportunities' for Development players v Newcastle

20 December 2019

Roy Hodgson has suggested that he is likely to give 'opportunities' to Crystal Palace players who have not yet played a large number of matches this season and to Under-23 players who are on the fringes of the first-team squad.

In the face of a defensive injury struggle - which Hodgson elaborates on here - the Palace manager included Development players Sam Woods and Tyrick Mitchell in his squad to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference today, he suggested other Under-23 prospects may be offered their chance to step-up to a competitive level of football.

He said: "I think we’ll give opportunities to people, that's for sure. It will give opportunities to people who maybe haven’t had so many so far. The chances are we’ll have quite a few of the Under-23 squad on our bench tomorrow. If they get a chance to go on and play up there against Newcastle, what an experience that will be - to perhaps make your debut for the first-team at St James’ Park. It’s a great place to make your debut.

"These opportunities will come people’s way. They came Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s way a couple of years ago and he jumped in and became the player that he now is."

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