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Crystal Palace

Keeping hold of Zaha is crucial

General preview 2019/20

Palace fans concerned and frustrated

After finishing 12th last season and with a record points tally of 49 in a 38-game Premier League campaign, there was hope among the fanbase that this could be Palace's chance to kick on and push for the top ten.

However, a lack of signings so far, coupled with the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the continued speculation over the future of Wilfried Zaha, means there is some concern and frustration among Palace supporters.

They still have the nucleus of a good squad, and a strong first XI when all of their best players are available, but squad depth could be an issue.

Keeping hold of Zaha between now and the start of the season is crucial, but a few new signings would also help to boost the fans, and improve the mood going into the 2019/20 campaign.

Pre-season news

Just one 90-minute win in troublesome pre-season adds to worries of a difficult season

FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal Palace (5-6 on pens)

Benteke.

BSC Young Boys 2-0 Crystal Palace

Barnet 6-2 Crystal Palace XI

Boateng, Wickham.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Crystal Palace

Bristol City 0-5 Crystal Palace

Townsend, Schlupp, Benteke, Meyer, Wickham.

AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Crystal Palace

Pierrick (2).

Crystal Palace 0-4 Hertha Berlin

transfer window

Weaker squad than last season

It has been a fairly quiet transfer window for Crystal Palace, although they have now made three signings.

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and former Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill have both arrived on free transfers, while Jordan Ayew has signed for the Eagles on a permanent basis, following his loan spell last season.

But several players have left the club this summer, including club legend Julian Speroni, former captain Jason Puncheon and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who moved to Manchester United in a big-money deal.

With money in the bank from that sale, Palace fans are still hoping for further additions before the deadline, particularly in attack, with Roy Hodgson speaking of wanting four new players this week.

The summer can still be a success with a couple more quality additions, and with Wilfried Zaha staying.

Rating: 4/10

Rating: 2/10

Stephen Henderson

The Irishman is unlikely to play ahead of Vicente Guaita or Wayne Hennessey between the sticks, having come in on a free transfer to replace club legend and fans' favourite Julian Speroni as the third senior goalkeeper. He has not played regularly in recent seasons, and was released by Nottingham Forest this summer. The 31-year-old has only signed a season-long deal, which does not suggest he is seen as a long-term option.

Rating: 5/10

Jordan Ayew

The Ghanaian international was not a standout player for Palace during his loan spell last season, but his work rate was appreciated by management and his team-mates alike. As such, his return on a permanent deal is a welcome one for Hodgson and the Palace players, with the former Swansea City forward providing another option in attack. He is unlikely to be a regular starter, but will be a valuable addition to the squad.

Rating: 7/10

Gary Cahill

The former Chelsea defender is a welcome addition to the Palace squad, providing experience and leadership to the Eagles' back line. He has worked with Roy Hodgson before during his time as England boss, and will add depth to the Eagles' defensive options. At 33, he is not a signing for the long-term, but with Palace hit by injury problems in central defence in recent seasons, he could prove to be an astute signing on a two-year deal.

Season predictions

Wilfried Zaha would leave some huge boots to fill

How Palace fare this season will largely depend on what happens between now and the summer deadline.

If Wilfried Zaha is still at the club when Palace host Everton on the opening day of the season, the Eagles should still have enough to be clear of trouble.

But if he goes, he will leave huge boots to fill, and who Palace bring in before the deadline will determine whether they still have enough to avoid being embroiled in a relegation battle.

Whatever happens in terms of transfers, Palace will have to try and improve their home form if they are to improve on last season, having once again struggled for points at Selhurst Park.

In contrast, their away form was superb and ensured that they were always likely to finish nearer the top of the bottom half.

If they can replicate that this season and rectify more wins at Selhurst Park, Palace still have the ability to push on for a top half finish, but with others around them strengthening, the Eagles could be in danger of standing still, if not going backwards.