In a remarkable performance, Jefferson Lerma wore the Crystal jersey for the first time during a thrilling match at Bramall Lane last Saturday 12th August. The game ended in Palace’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United. The Colombian midfielder’s performance, particularly his commanding presence on the pitch, did not go unnoticed by the team’s coach.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson wasted no time in praising the Colombia midfielder. “Jefferson Lerma was outstanding. He is an exceptional player who is omnipresent throughout the field. His defensive skills were excellent and he also contributed significantly to our offensive efforts. You should be happy with his debut and the consistency he brings to his everyday-day job,” he said.
On the other hand, the Crystal Palace manager added: “He had already impressed us in the two games in the USA but this was his first real game and to be honest everything went exceptionally well.”
Lerma’s impact wasn’t just limited to the coach’s praise; He was the standout player on the pitch against Sheffield United. His outstanding performance not only earned Roy Hodgson praise, but cemented his reputation as a key player for Crystal Palace.
The club paid tribute to Lerma’s remarkable debut and dedicated several social media posts to the Colombian midfielder. One such post featured a snap of Lerma alongside Hodgson, symbolizing their promising collaboration. This public support underscores Lerma’s importance to the team.
According to player stats, Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma made 89 touches with a 79% successful pass rate. He dominated the passing duels, winning 12 out of 13, also managed a crucial interception and three successful tackles during the game.