Bolasie says Alan Pardew’s influence is helping him grow as a player

Alan Pardew

The winger bagged two goals in Crystal Palace's win over Newcastle United on Saturday, equalling last season's total.

Crystal Palace forward Yannick Bolasie has credited Alan Pardew with helping him to develop his game, according to Sky Sports.

The winger equalled his goal tally for last season in just 14 games with two goals against Newcastle United in their 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

Bolasie is very much one of the star men at Selhurst Park, having impressed last season and continued that form into this campaign.

Palace have been hugely performed since Pardew took over midway through last season, and the DR Congo international has credited him with helping improve his own game as well.

"I don't have a total [in mind] but I think the improvements you see - four goals last season and four goals already this season," Sky Sports quotes Bolasie as saying.

"I wasn't really in the box last season but this season I am in the box a lot more, I am picking up little scraps and so far I have got goals off scraps.

"I think it's all down to the gaffer and what he does in training and you can see it in the boys."

The win was a major one for Crystal Palace, with Pardew enjoying a big success against his former club.

Aside from that though, the result took them into seventh place in the table and within touching distance of the top four.

That place is currently occupied by Arsenal on 27 points and Palace are only five points behind, a far from an insurmountable gap.

If they are to eye a place in Europe next season, Bolasie will surely be key to that with him currently their joint top goalscorer alongside Yohan Cabaye.

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