Crystal Palace have firmly solidified their place in the English Premier League under the management of Alan Pardew and will now look to push on this season and build on what was an impressive campaign last season.
Palace flourished under Pardew in 2014-15. After successful spells at both Newcastle and West Ham for Alan Pardew, he was the perfect man to appoint after Tony Pulis’ departure.
He is a fantastic man manger and has plenty of Premier League experience. His history with Crystal Palace as a player, too undoubtedly played a massive role in Pardew’s decision to switch from Newcastle to Crystal Palace.
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Palace have evolved under Pardew and are now one of the most exiting teams to watch in the Premier League.
Building on strong foundations
Obviously, Pulis deserves massive credit too, after managing, not only to maintain Palace’s Premier League safety, but also push them up to mid-table. Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace prior to the 2014/15 season with ‘mutual consent’, after the board didn’t back him in the transfer market.
Pulis is renowned for building teams that are resolute and hard to beat, improving them defensively. Pardew has used this platform to build a more offensive team, adding more emphasis on the attacking talents of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfred Zaha.
Yannick Bolasie was a revelation last season, lighting up the Premier League with his amazing tricks and flicks. He’s technically fantastic and is usually fielded out wide, using his pace and skill to outwit his opponents.
Not only can he beat a man but he has end product too, using his wicked cross to create chances for his teammates. The only attribute where he is slightly lacking is his finishing, after only managing four goals last season.
It has definitely improved though, after he astonishingly scored three goals in 11 minutes against Sunderland in the Premier League last season, in which Palace prevailed 4-1.
Crystal Palace have been very busy in this season’s summer transfer window, signing seven new players.
They have made some excellent signings, which include former Newcastle player, Yohan Cabaye, from PSG for a club record £13 million, Connor Wickham, Sunderland’s top goal scorer last season with six goals and Patrick Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, after he excelled with Middlesbrough in the Championship last season.
Palace certainly have the strength in depth and quality to push up the table this season and improve on what was a very good campaign last season.
The marquee signing of Yohan Cabaye has shown a real signal of intent and shows that Palace want to take the next step up and challenge the so called ‘big boys’ of the division.
If Bolasie can continue his excellent form of last season and add more goals to his game and Cabaye hits the ground running, there is no reason why Palace cannot challenge for Europe this season.