A few weeks ago this could have been a very different story, but add Tony Pulis to Palace and you have a team who look ready to fight. Ian Holloway left his position early on and Keith Millen wasn’t able to inspire his side enough to bring victories, but ex-Stoke boss Pulis has steadied a sinking ship as Crystal Palace look to avoid a fate dictated by their history.
Recent form has been impressive, however, and Palace aren’t beaten yet as they look to get out of the bottom three.
Mile Jedinak pulls the strings at the heart of midfield and has been one of the team’s top performers this season. A summer which saw a whole host of new signings may have been a desperate effort to bring some talent to the Eagles but the Australian international is a crucial figure in the centre of the park.
He hasn’t missed a game so far and is exactly the kind of tough tackling midfielder Palace need in a season which will require grit and determination. He’ll be off to the World Cup in all likelihood in the summer and will want to end this season on a high by keeping Palace up.
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Surprisingly, Marouane Chamakh. The Moroccan striker came under criticism for his lack of goals since signing for Palace but, since Pulis took over, he’s scored three times in as many games and helped the Eagles secure six points. If Pulis can continue to get the best out of him then he could score the goals to keep Palace in the Premier League
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It’s hard to say some if they need more players - Palace made in excess of fifteen new signings in the summer and not all of them have made the desired impact. However, some pace and experience at the back would be welcomed, as would another potent forward after the failure of Dwight Gayle.
Maybe a bit more creativity in the middle of the park too to provide more opportunities for the forward line; could a return for Wilfred Zaha be on the cards? Only time will tell, but the return of the England Under-21 international who was such an influential player last season could be a season-changing move for Palace.
As much as I’d like to see them survive, it’s a tall order for Palace and they’ll do very well to avoid the bottom three. A mini-revival under Pulis has brought renewed optimism to Selhurst Park, but it’s difficult to see them bettering the teams around them and escaping the drop. It’ll be close, but they’ll finish in the final relegation spot: 18th
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