Crystal Palace's capture of Yohan Cabaye is a statement of how far the club has progressed in the last 12 months and the fact that they have now become one of the Premier League's toughest sides to beat.
Cabaye's talents were widely praised during his time at Newcastle and his presence in the Palace midfield will only improve what is now an already impressive side.
Cabaye a good buy
His passing range will be ideal for Palace's attacking midfielders Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon, all of whom enjoyed excellent campaigns last season. The Frenchman's positional awareness and ball recovery will also help contribute heavily to Palace's main weapon, which is the counter-attack.
However, now Alan Pardew must look to bring in a prolific goal scorer to further benefit his wingers and Cabaye.
the answer to the problem
The answer? Charlie Austin. Glenn Murray may have performed admirably in the role last season but Palace now need a player of Austin's standard to take them to the next level. Last season Austin's prolific debut campaign in the Premier League was truly remarkable for two reasons.
The first being that this was the first time he had ever played at the highest level and yet his performances were of a player who had been a regular in the division for years. Secondly, his impressive form in front of goal was achieved in one of the worst Premier League squads arguably ever assembled in the form of QPR.
Ray of light
Austin was the true shining light in what was a truly dismal season for the west London club and further highlights what a truly great striker he is. He has scored goals everywhere he has been and his future certainly doesn't lie with QPR; he needs a return to the top-flight.
Palace seem one great goal scorer away from becoming a really solid Premier League force. In that respect Austin fits the bill perfectly.
Palace fans, do you think QPR's Austin would cut the mustard for you? Let us know in the comments box below.
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