Yannick Bolasie: Alan Pardew is giving Crystal Palace more freedom than Tony Pulis

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Yannick Bolasie has spoken highly of current Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.

Yannick Bolasie has told TalkSPORT that Alan Pardew is allowing the Crystal Palace squad to express themselves more than Tony Pulis ever did.

Pulis and Pardew have enjoyed similar levels of success at Selhurst Park- they both took over the club midway through the season, before guiding them up the table - but Bolasie believes that there are differences between their managerial styles.

The flamboyant winger says that Pardew gives players more freedom on the pitch than the regimented Pulis, but he still spoke highly of the current West Bromwich Albion boss. 

“We don’t forget that Pulis saved us,” Bolasie said. “He changed our way of playing, and he did like to attack as well – everyone just has their different ways of doing it. At the moment, though, I guess everyone’s expressing themselves a bit more.

“Obviously when you win it helps as well. Everyone’s confidence was so much higher when I got back [from the Africa Cup of Nations], and you could see there was a buzz around the place. The manager has done a lot to instil more confidence in the team."

Bolasie is one of the players to have benefitted the most from Pardew's arrival at Selhurst Park, with his form improving dramatically.

Pardew has made Bolasie the focal point of Palace's attack, and the whole team are feeling the benefit of this tactical plan.

Bolasie's trickery and direct approach has given them a threatening outlet on the flanks, and their attacking play has been very dangerous as a result.

Palace have climbed up to 11th place in the Premier League table since Pardew took charge and are now trying to break into the top-half to cap off what has been a remarkable season.

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