When the Premier League fixtures for the 2013-14 season were revealed, many people tipped newcomers Crystal Palace to go straight back down.
After two defeats in their first two games, Palace sit second bottom of the division - a place many expect them to finish at the end of the season.
But in these two tricky fixtures against Tottenham and Stoke, the young Palace team have impressed, creating a number of chances and passing the ball around neatly. The new signings have fitted in perfectly with Marouane Chamakh scoring his first goal for the Eagles against the Potters on Saturday.
In fact, all of the new signings look perfect for this club. Chamakh obviously scored his first goal last week, Elliot Grandin and 40-year-old striker Kevin Phillips have bags of Premier League experience whilst Dwight Gayle has been compared to Palace legend Ian Wright. Wingers Jerome Thomas and Jason Puncheon too have experience in the top flight and have impressed a lot at this level.
But the most impressive summer signing for this Crystal Palace team is Spain U20 captain, Jose Campana. The silky former Sevilla playmaker is an expert passer and could be vital for the south London club this season.
Manager Ian Holloway was only appointed Crystal Palace boss in November 2012, and after a great start, unfortunately the club suffered a dip in form that saw them drop from first into the playoff places in the Championship last season.
But, undeterred by the failure to secure automatic promotion, Holloway guided Palace to promotion through the playoffs after a 1-0 over Watford at Wembley last May.
Now, despite ex-Palace manager Dougie Freedman’s success at the club in his stint before Holloway, I feel he would have struggled in the Premier League. At 39-years-old, he lacks top-flight experience and would not have been able to attract the players Holloway has to the club.
I think with the new signings and the current squad led by Holloway, Palace have what it takes to stay up and adapt to Premier League football. They must beat Sunderland at home on Saturday to get some points on board.
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