Pardew believes two Palace stars can learn from high-profile Bayern Munich duo

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew wants Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha to learn from Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Alan Pardew has told the Daily Mail that he wants Crystal Palace wingers Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha to learn from Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

The Bayern Munich pair are two of the hardest working wingers in world football, and Pardew believes that Zaha and Bolasie could take a lot from their game.

At the moment Zaha and Bolasie are both attacking threats, but their defensive ability needs to be worked on, and Pardew recognises this.

As a result, he has asked them to emulate Ribery and Robben and he believes that his message has started to get across to the two wingers after their display against Manchester City earlier in the week.

"We talked about his [Zaha's] psychology in terms of being disappointed not to receive possession, switching off," he said.

"Against Man City he did the complete opposite of that. He was diligent, he was sharp to the tackle, he was in his position at all times. If you're going to be a wide player in the modern game, particularly in a five-man midfield, not only do you need to score goals and create, but you need to defend.

"The two guys at Bayern Munich (Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery) - if they can do it, surely it's good enough for our guys.

'Their performance on Monday was the complete opposite of what you would expect from Bolasie and Zaha. But it just goes to prove that they can do both sides of the game."

Palace beat City 2-1 with a performance which required their whole team to contribute in a defensive sense, and Pardew will be buoyed by the displays of Bolasie and Zaha.

If the pair can both add another dimension to their games, they will become two of the most feared wide-men in the Premier League.

Pardew will now be hoping that the duo can both show their defensive quality again, as he prepares to take his Palace side to Sunderland this weekend.

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