Sports News of Saturday, 13 February 2016
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has assured high-rising Ghanaian youngster Hiram Boateng of more playing time at the club next season.
Boateng, 20, made his debut for the Eagles last weekend when he came off the bench in the 72nd-minute mark to replace French midfielder Yohan Cabaye at the Liberty Stadium in a 1-1 stalemate with Swansea City.
Palace have not seen lots of their academy graduates succeed at the club, but Boateng has given hope of a great come through from the breeder team, and Pardew has assured him of more playing time next term.
AP: H [Boateng] could be a big player for us next season. We’ll be focussing in the summer on the academy.
— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) 11 februari 2016
The midfielder has also had the attention of local media who were keen to speak to the player (born and raised in Wandsworth) about finally breaking into the first team.
But Boateng’s focus is solely on football, and is thankful to his parents for instilling in him the determination he has to succeed at his hometown club.
Boateng is at Palace with Black Stars forward Kwesi Appiah, who is nursing a troublesome anterior cruciate ligament injury.