Crystal Palace suffered an extremely slow start to their first campaign back in the Premier League, but a change of manager bringing in Tony Pulis seemed to have done the trick. The former Stoke boss worked wonders with an average squad, and got every one of his players pulling in the right direction together. The highlight of their season must have been the three goal comeback at home to Liverpool late on in the year, giving their fans something to shout about.
Palace are an extremely well organised side, and very tough to break down. They’ll have to maintain that siege mentality this year, and hopefully we’ll see some fast, fluid football combined with their solidity.
Key Player: Joel Ward had an excellent season at right-back for Palace, so much so many fans were calling for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. His defensive solidity was great to watch last year, and at 24 he still has an awful lot of developing to do. He’ll be key for Palace’s bid for survival this time round.
Fraizer Campbell – £900,000 (Cardiff City)
Scott Dann – Undisclosed (Blackburn Rovers)
Brede Hangeland – Free transfer (Fulham)
Chris Kettings – Free transfer (Blackpool)
Stephen Dobbie – Free transfer (Fleetwood)
Kagisho Dikgacoi – Free transfer (Cardiff City)
Roy Fitzimons – Free transfer (Bolton)
Danny Gabbidon – Free transfer (Unassigned)
Owen Garvan – Loan (Milwall)
Elliot Grandin – Free transfer (Blackpool)
Dean Moxey – Free transfer (Bolton)
Jonathan Parr – Free transfer (Ipswich)
Aaron Wilbraham – Free transfer (Bristol City)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 11th
Predicted League Finish: 16th
Crystal Palace had an excellent second half of the season under the superb guidance of Tony Pulis; The master at getting the best out of his players. However I think teams will figure them out this season, and their lack of spending won’t help matters either. Pulis being Pulis though, they should have enough to remain in the division for another season.