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Crystal Palace Captain Joel Ward Discusses Changes Under Oliver Glasner



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Crystal Palace captain Joel Ward has opened up about the changes being implemented by new manager Oliver Glasner as the team approaches the crucial run-in of the season. One noticeable adjustment has been Ward’s deployment as a right-sided centre-back, a position where the experienced player has excelled since Glasner’s arrival in February.

Ward’s versatility across the back line dates back to his early career, including a successful stint as a centre-back during a loan spell at Bournemouth in League Two back in 2008/09.

Reflecting on Glasner’s impact at the club, Ward highlighted the gradual but significant tweaks and differences in the team’s shape and style of play. The captain expressed excitement about the upcoming fixtures and the opportunity to face Bournemouth, a team they are aiming to disrupt in the Premier League standings.

The 34-year-old defender praised Glasner for his clear communication and vision for the team, indicating that the squad is fully committed to working towards a common goal. Ward also commended the team’s defensive efforts under the new manager, particularly in recent matches where they successfully limited opponents’ chances.

Discussing his own positional history, Ward fondly recalled his time playing as a centre-back during his loan spells at Bournemouth and Portsmouth. While acknowledging the significance of those experiences, he emphasized his focus on the present and his enjoyment of the current role as a right-sided centre-half.

Amidst discussions about teammate Adam‘s accomplishments and England national team call-up, Ward expressed admiration for the young player’s talent and predicted a bright future ahead. He lauded Adam’s achievements as just the beginning of what could be a successful and fulfilling career.

As the conversation shifted to Ward’s role as captain, he shared his enjoyment of the added responsibilities and the opportunity to lead and support his teammates. He emphasized the importance of fostering a positive team environment and providing guidance to the younger players.

On a different note, Ward reflected on his recent experience with media appearances, noting his enjoyment of the opportunity. However, he acknowledged the need to strike a balance between football commitments and off-field pursuits, emphasizing his current focus on the sport while keeping an eye on future opportunities.

Rachel Adams

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