Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp discloses target given to him by Patrick Vieira this season

Published on: 20 May 2022

Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp disclosed that staying fully fit was a major target given to him by Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira this season.

Schlupp has been one of consistent players for Palace making 31 league appearances this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists.

The 29-year-old who scored against Aston Villa over the weekend was in action again for the Eagles in their 3-2 defeat at Everton on Thursday.

"One of the most important things for me personally was to stay fit all season," the former Leicester City ace told the club's official website. “Previous seasons I’ve had spurts here and there where I’ve played well and then I’ve been out of the team with long injuries.

“Speaking to the manager at the start of the season, that was one of the main things for us: to stay fit. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I’ve managed to perform personally.

“I feel amazing. I’ve had a great season physically. I’ve stayed fit for most of the season. I feel as good as I have done for my whole career, so I'm sure there is plenty more to come.”

Schlupp added, "He’s definitely got to understand everyone personally. He understood everyone’s strengths and weaknesses to work on. I think that’s the sign of a good manager."

"You’ve got to understand your players really quickly in such a short space of time. It’s his first year. He’ll only get more and more understanding of the players and unlock more from the boys.

"It’s a mentality shift. I’m sure everyone goes into every game trying to win it, but I think teams are really starting to not like playing against us. Coming to Selhurst Park, especially with the backing that the crowd gives us, is unbelievable.

"We definitely don’t want to make it a nice place to come, so I think we’ve done that and scared some opposition coming to us."