The mystery Crystal Palace graffiti artist has struck again – this time by daubing a series of intricate short passes onto Sam Allardyce’s tactics board.
The latest incident came just two days after the Crystal Palace team bus had its team name and colours scrawled on by a graffiti-loving fan.
Crystal Palace insiders say there were a number of shocked faces at the club training ground on Monday as manager Sam Allardyce assembled the first-team for a tactical briefing.
Allardyce did not realise at first that a big arrow he had drawn on with marker pen extending from ten players around the penalty area to a circle representing Christian Benteke had been rubbed out.
In its place were a series of short two-headed arrows between the players, leaving many to scratch their heads.
The graffiti artist had chosen to show James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic forming a passing triangle, with full-backs Patrick Van Aanholt and Joel Ward then depicted spinning inside into midfield to receive passes and supply Jason Punchoen.
After laughter broke out among the players, Allardyce realised the mix-up and removed the tactics board.
Allardyce said: “I know it sounds like a laugh, but it’s a very serious situation to think that somebody took it upon themselves to try to sabotage our careful tactical planning for the West Brom game this weekend.”
In separate news, Damien Delaney, who was dropped for the 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, turned up to training with blue, red and black streaks over his hands.
Delaney says his hands got dirty when fixing a jammed printer.
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