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Palace star Olise would have hit 20 goals without injuries, says Andersen

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 May 2024

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Michael Olise would have scored at least 20 Premier League goals if he had stayed fit throughout the entire season, believes his Crystal Palace captain Joachim Andersen.

Olise continued his excellent form as Palace stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a deserved 3-1 win at Wolves on Saturday, opening the scoring with a curling finish and later adding an assist for Eberechi Eze.

The creative midfielder – who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks – has been involved in 15 goals in just 18 league appearances this campaign (10 goals, five assists).

That is his best return in a single Premier League season, bettering the 13 goal contributions he managed in 37 outings in 2022-23 (two goals, 11 assists).

Speaking to Palace’s website, centre-back Andersen said: “Imagine if he played all 37 games!

“He would have scored 20 or 25 goals if he was playing like this. He’s a crazy player and we’re lucky to have him, and hopefully he will score again next weekend.”

Palace have won seven (38.9 per cent) of the 18 Premier League games in which Olise has featured this term, compared to five of 19 without him (26.3 per cent).They have also averaged one goal more per game when Olise has been involved (1.9) than they have without him (0.9).

While Olise’s return from a hamstring injury has been a major boost for the Eagles, the appointment of Oliver Glasner has also had a transformative impact.

Since he took charge of his first Premier League game in February, only Manchester City (nine wins, 29 points) and Arsenal (nine wins, 28 points) have bettered Palace’s six victories and 21 points.

Asked what has changed under Glasner, Andersen said: “Everyone is happy and everyone understands what we need to do on the pitch, everyone knows their role.

“I think you could see it from the first games, even though we didn’t get the results straight away. I think we were a little bit unlucky with some of the results.

“It’s just fantastic to see how everyone is understanding his messages and getting on board with what he wants.”

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