Crystal Palace assistant manager Keith Millen has stated that defender Zeki Fryers has earned the confidence of his manager Alan Pardew
Zeki Fryers had joined Crystal Palace from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer of 2014 and given the defender’s immense potential, many felt that he could shine at Selhurst Park if given the right opportunities.
Unfortunately though, Fryers struggled to earn regular minutes on the pitch at Palace and his two years at the club have been spent out on loan at the likes of Rotherham United and Ipswich Town, both of which have not proven to be particularly successful.
Due to the struggles, it looked like Fryers would be heading for an exit from Palace this summer but the left-back stayed put and things could well turn around during the current campaign.
Fryers back into the fray at Palace
Fryers has featured regularly during Palace’s match day squads over the past few weeks and he even started the League Cup encounter against Southampton last month.
Now assistant manager Keith Millen has gone on to speak regarding Fryers’ progress this summer and has revealed that the defender’s return to the fray has been due to the fact that he has won back the confidence of manager Alan Pardew.
“Zeki has had a tough time, let’s not get away from that and he’s not really been involved with the first team at all since he’s been with us,” Millen told the Croydon Advertiser.
“He had a good pre-season, he played in the cup game at Southampton and did OK. The thing is, the manager feels he’s good enough again and Zeki needs that confidence from the manager.
“He has certainly got a lot of ability, we’ve always said. It’s about getting it out of him in a consistent way and get that confidence in himself. At the moment he’s in a good place and we need him to be, because with Pape Souare out, we’re a bit short in that position.”