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2019/2020

Crystal Palace

In


Jordan Ayew (att) Swansea – loan made permanent; Stephen Henderson (gk) Nottingham Forest; Jaroslaw Jach (def) Sheriff – end of loan; Alexander Sorloth (att) KAA Gent – end of loan;

Out


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (r) (def) Man United; Michy Batshuayi (r) (att) Chelsea – end of loan; Jason Puncheon (sp) (mid) released; Julian Speroni (gk) released; Lucas Perri (gk) Sao Paulo – end of loan; Bakary Sako (mid) Denizlispor;

The oldest manager in the Premier League, Roy Hodgson, made Palace play some solid football last term, and without being hugely impressive, the Eagles had a calm campaign that saw them stay out of trouble throughout. Hodgson’s ways are likely to continue bringing stability on the pitch no matter what happens on the transfer market, but at the time of writing it seems as if the group of players will be weaker this season. Main right-back Wan-Bissaka left for Man United, while Palace’s talisman Zaha seems destined to join another team too. Investing some of the money on new players could still happen, but even without doing so Palace continue to have a decent squad. Last season the main issue was the low conversion rate, scored with only 4.2% of the shots attempted, and doing a better job with their chances is a must. If Zaha leaves, Benteke could be restored as the main target man in attack, with the Belgian coming off a difficult few years, but with proven qualities, and capable of scoring 20+ goals in the Premier League if used well. Townsend should get much more freedom up front, plus German wonderkid Meyer could become very important too after a year of settling. Milivojevic is as solid a holding midfielder as they come. Palace will continue relying on the wins achieved at home, and if they are able to convert more of their chances they should enjoy another calm year under the supervision of wise-man Hodgson.

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Crystal Palace aim to finish around 10th–12th place, and even if they don’t achieve it, the Eagles should have enough in themselves to stay out of trouble.

Season Review
2018/2019

№12: Crystal Palace

Palace had another solid season, despite making a slow start and looking in some trouble for the first 4-5 months of the campaign. Guided calmly by the oldest manager in the Premier League, Roy Hodgson, the Eagles had a good shape all campaign. However, the start was not good with just 2 wins achieved in the opening 13 rounds. This poor run was mainly due to the fact that the team’s main attacking threat, Wilfried Zaha, went without scoring from mid-September to mid-January. With Benteke again plagued by injuries Palace really lacked sharpness in attack early on. December turned out to be a good month though, with 3 wins achieved right before Christmas, including a famous 3:2 away success vs. Man City, which was the only home defeat for the Sky Blues. This added to the return to form of Zaha early in 2019 helped Palace to feel comfortable and pretty much safe as early as the end of February. Right-back Wan-Bissaka had a breakthrough season, with goalkeeper Guaita also turning out to be very good between the sticks, but as a year earlier, the most constant and reliable contributor once again was Milivojevic. With Hodgson staying in charge Palace should have a calm and solid structure once again next campaign. However, with Zaha almost certain to leave this summer it is yet to be seen how the Eagles will fare without their talisman.


Player of the Season: Luka Milivojevic

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