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Three Crystal Palace youngsters are gearing up for a big year in 2022: Nathan Ferguson, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Michael Olise

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Three Crystal Palace youngsters are gearing up for a big year in 2022: Nathan Ferguson, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Michael Olise

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atrick Vieira has got off to a good start in life as Crystal Palace manager, and he is hopeful that there will be more to come next year as he looks to push his side to the top of the table.

Here are three young players who could help him do just that in 2022 …

Could this finally be his year? It’s been almost two years since Crystal Palace made kind eyes at Nathan Ferguson.

The 21-year-old saw a January move collapse in 2020 due to the late discovery of a knee problem that would prove the start of a string of injury issues.

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A move to south London eventually took place in the summer of that year, but the full-back has yet to make a senior appearance for Palace due to lingering injury issues.

Ferguson is now fit again and hopes to impress with the Under-23s before making his first-team debut under Patrick Vieira.

With the opening of the new academy in South London, there is much to be excited about in the future, but Rak-Sakyi is the one many are looking for.

Having been named to a few senior match teams at the end of Roy Hodgson’s tenure, the forward – who has won comparisons with Wilfried Zaha – made his first appearance for Crystal Palace off the bench on Matchday 1 of this season at Chelsea, the club that released him at 16.

The 19-year-old scored on his England Under-20 debut the following month and models his game on Eberechi Eze. Definitely one to watch.

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Already an exciting feature of the first team but someone who certainly has more to come.

Signed from Reading over the summer, Olise has a lot of potential but has had to be patient with Vieira’s content to play the long game and ensure the club get the right development from the attacking midfielder.

There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the France junior international, especially after a game-changing appearance against Leicester City as Palace came back from behind to win a draw with Olise scoring his first goal for the club.

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