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Key players return is vital for Palace win

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Emerson is eager to re-join the West Ham United line-up for Sunday’s crucial Premier League match against Crystal Palace, as the team strives to secure European competition for next season.

His absence was keenly felt during Thursday night’s Europa League game against Leverkusen. In a closely contested match, Emerson’s presence might have tipped the scales in favour of West Ham but his return now is vital.

Emerson’s improvement this season has been startling and he’s become a key player. His partnership with Lucas Paqueta has been particularly impressive down the Hammers left flank.

West Ham's makeshift team performed well against Brighton.

Emerson is key to West Ham’s chances

Looking ahead, Emerson and his Brazilian teammate Lucas Paquetá will be vital for the remainder of the season. Paquetá commented, “It’s great to play alongside Emerson. He understands my playing style and reads my body language, which really enhances our connection on the field.

“We also played together at Lyon, and even though we weren’t as close back then as we are now, our understanding was evident. Having him on the team is a huge boost, not just for individual support but for the overall team dynamic. We share a strong bond off the field too; we’re like family.”

For West Ham to qualify for European competition again, the synergy between Emerson and Paquetá will be crucial, starting with the upcoming match against Palace.

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