Date: 11th January 2018 at 7:27pm
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On loan Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been reflecting on his half a season at Crystal Palace and he feels he’s already improved as a player.

Going into this weekend’s Premier League clash with Burnley, the player told Crystal Palace FC this week that having taken in 19 games already in his five months in south London, he felt he was developing well and he’d enjoyed his time so far – despite our early season struggles.

‘I have enjoyed my time here and it`s a great opportunity to play in the Premier League and has been a good experience for me. The pressure is the same, regardless of the team you play in, because the teams you face are tough to play against and the aim is to win points and games which is never an easy task. For me it is good to be involved in this level of the game and it makes me stronger as a player and can only be to my advantage.’

The 20 year old shined in the tie against Manchester City at the end of 2017, lifting the Man of the Match vote as we halted their 18 match winning streak, but when questioned about that and things that may have changed from Frank de Boer to Roy Hodgson, the Dutch international felt we approached the game in the same way.

Certainly not compared to how we approached other games under Hodgson in particular.

‘We went into the game with a good shape and a positive attitude and this provided a good team performance. We worked on our tactics going into that match with the manager giving us some specific instructions around their team but our philosophy is similar each week as we look to hold a solid shape and put pressure on when you can, in that game it worked well for us.’

Speaking more specifically about his time under the former England gaffer, he credited Hodgson for his methods because the team have taken them on board and we are slowly gaining the benefits of that.

‘He works hard on the training pitch at us being focussed and concentrated on the job in hand, for me he is good to work under because he is very experienced and I can only learn from him. As I said we work hard on our shape and being prepared for games but we work on the attacking side of our game as well and an example of that could be seen in the victory at Leicester when we won 3-0. We showed the style of football that he likes us to play and approached the match in the right way and with our game plan carried through perfectly, we completed a fine victory against a good side.’

Fosu-Mensah went on to say.

‘In our position when he came in the squad needed confidence and he certainly gives us that but it is also about performing well on a regular basis. He is also a great believer in working towards the next game and installs into us not to get blown away by what has gone on before but be ready to perform again and that is another key element he has made us understand.’

With a growing injury list over the hectic festive period of fixtures, he pointed out that it was simply an opportunity for others to step up to the plate and stake their own claim for starting positions, having taken his own opportunities of late.

Should people get the opportunity against Burnley he backed them to take it, but he was expecting a difficult game given how well Sean Dyche’s team have been performing so far this year.

Going into the game they sit in seventh place in the table.

‘It`s not easy because we have players out who have played a lot of games but we have other good players to come in and they are ready to do the job that the manager expects from them. I have a very positive feeling about our group of players, we have a talented squad, as our results have shown, so I think we will continue to do well but we have to be on it every week. Credit to Burnley because they are doing very well but for us it`s another very important game and we will be going into it looking to get maximum points which is no different to any other week.’

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