Date: 3rd December 2015 at 6:58pm
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Lots of us like to play 5-a-side football in our spare time, but have you ever considered how the team you support would line-up if they were limited to five players?

Based on current form, and with a formation of one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker, we at Shoot thought it would be interesting to see who would make the grade for each Premier League outfit.

Here’s what we came up with for Crystal Palace…

Goalkeeper:

Wayne Hennessey

Despite not starting the season between the sticks, Hennessey looks to have established himself as Crystal Palace’s first choice number 1 in recent weeks.

The Welsh stopper is a big presence in goal, has good distribution, agility and quick reflexes – ideal for the smaller-sized goals.

Defender:

12 September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Scott Dann of Crystal Palace - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Dann has been in impressive form for Palace.

Scott Dann

In most 5-a-side teams you want a destroyer in defence that attackers can’t get past, and if you’re picking one from the Eagles, it would be their centre-back, Dann.

The Englishman is strong, would provide a big presence on the smaller pitch and has a decent shot on him too – useful for when things aren’t opening up in front of him.

Midfielders:

Wilfried Zaha

The winger has once again proven to be a thorn in the side of many defences already this season, and was an instant pick for our team.

Blessed with pace, and trickery that could get him out of the tightest of situations, he would be the creative force going forward.

Yohan Cabaye

1 August 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Fulham v Crystal Palace - Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Cabaye has lived up to expectations in the Palace midfield this term.

While Zaha would be the creator in the middle of the field, you need that player alongside him that will break-up the play too, and on current form we would have Cabaye in our starting line-up.

The midfielder is comfortable on the ball, can pass accurately, and his ability to intercept and win the ball back would be crucial.

Striker:

Yannick Bolasie

Although not an out-and-out striker, Bolasie would be an effective player up front in this side.

The Congolese forward is a constant threat to defenders with his direct style, pace and trickery, and has shown he can finish well too in recent matches.

Who would be in yours?

 
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