'Myself and Wilf are linking up well' - Townsend on new role at Crystal Palace

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The pair have been handed the freedom to cause more havoc directly in the final third in Roy Hodgson's plan; one which saw them thrive

Andros Townsend has hailed Roy Hodgson's reintegration of himself and Wilfried Zaha in Crystal Palace's setup.

The pair were primarily considered as outlets on the flanks prior to Hodgson handing them the license to form a cog part of the Eagles' attack, which allowed them more directness to instil fear in oppositions' defences.

Such was the impact of the change that both players contributed to help the Selhurst Park outfit avoid relegation, despite starting the 2017-18 English Premier League season in underwhelming fashion.

Townsend scored twice and assisted seven times while Zaha, Palace's Player of the Season, finished the season with nine goals and laid a further three to grateful teammates.

And the former Tottenham Hotspur winger has praised Hodgson for the getting them to play at another level.

“It is a credit to the work the manager has done since he has come in,” Townsend told London News.

“Also, to the players and the work we have put in on the training field.

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“I played for him [Hodgson] before [for England], but this is the first time working with him at club level and day to day. He has got me playing well and at a level I know I am capable of. I am really enjoying the new role with Wilf, and I think we are working well together – it is just the start of good times for Palace.”

“I am enjoying the role and am involved a lot more in play.

“Myself and Wilf are linking up well and making runs in behind and causing havoc for defenders, and I think it is catching teams by surprise because they are used to a big man up front for Palace – it gives them something else to think about really," he concluded.