The Athletic reporter Matt Woosnam believes Patrick Vieira’s philosophy of signing up-and-coming talent played a key role in the Frenchman being appointed as Crystal Palace’s new manager.
Vieira was eventually named as Roy Hodgson’s successor last month, but only after the Eagles had failed in their attempts to persuade now-Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and former Borussia Dortmund chief Lucien Favre to take charge at Selhurst Park.
Former Arsenal captain Vieira inherited a threadbare squad after 11 players saw their contracts expire at the end of June.
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But he moved quickly to bolster his options with highly-rated youngsters. Marc Guehi, 21, has joined Palace from Chelsea in an £18million deal, while 19-year-old Michael Olise – who was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Season thanks to an impressive campaign with Reading – completed a transfer worth £8million last month.
Woosnam feels Vieira’s record in the transfer market has shown Palace were right to hand the ex-France international midfielder the managerial reins.
He told Football FanCast: “Just because he wasn’t the first choice, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a good appointment or it won’t work out.
“Obviously, there is an element of risk there, as with any managerial appointment, but Palace lost a lot of time and had to appoint someone quickly.
“If you look at the way they have been going with the recruitment, I think they got a person in who will very much be in line with that.”