Crystal Palace: Doomed to relegation

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My apologies to Palace fans, this may not make pleasant reading.

However, I believe that no matter what angle you look at it, the London club are in serious trouble and are a certainty to head straight back down from English football's top flight. 

Firstly, Palace won promotion through the play-offs, this meaning they had less time to prepare for life in the top flight than their direct rivals Cardiff and Hull City; this has shown.

The signings that manager Ian Holloway made have either been Premier League rejects or, in the cases of Dwight Gayle and Adlène Guedioura, have no Premier League experience what so ever.

He bought in Chamakh who has failed monumentally at Arsenal, Barry Bannan who wasn't able to ever cement a first team spot at Aston Villa, Jerome Thomas who never met his potential at West Brom and spent last season on loan in the Championship and lastly Jimmy Kebe, who was part of a team that got relegated last season.

These signings have been accompanied by the loan signings of Jason Puncheon and Cameron Jerome who have both shown glimpses of what they can do, however not on a regular enough basis.

There is a reason as to why there parent clubs have allowed them to go out on loan and all in all these signings represent a club that struggled in the transfer window and this will show increasingly as the season progresses.

Until Glenn Murray's return in December it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from at Selhurst Park. Chamakh may have been prolific in France, however his eight goals during his time at Arsenal suggest he is not cut out to score in this division.

Cameron Jerome has scored goals for both Stoke and Birmingham, however, not regularly enough to be the main provider for the team.

Despite his bright start Palace can hardly pin their survival hopes on 22-year-old Dwight Gayle, and play-off hero Kevin Phillips is now 40 so his contribution on the pitch will be limited at best.

To make the situation even gloomier, Glenn Murray is not a proven goal scorer in the Premiership and he may well struggle to find the same kind of form as last season, especially with such a long layoff.

Lastly there is Ian Holloway. He's a man that mostly divides opinion, but does he have the ability to steer this team to 17th or above in the league?

I'm not convinced he does.

With his reckless post match interviews and press conferences, Holloway often fines himself watching from the stands rather than directing from the dugout. This certainly does not help a struggling team that needs all the support it can possibly get. His previous stint in the Premier League ended with his Blackpool side being relegated after one season.

So, sorry Palace fans but there is no way this team is cut out for the top tier of English football in it's current capacity.

This could change come January, however signings in that window can often struggle to make an immediate impact, and by then it may be too little too late for survival to be a realistic possibility.

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