With Crystal Palace signing a number of players during the recent transfer window they now look set to leave several fringe players out on loan to reduce their wage bill.
The loan window is set to open this week meaning the likes of Paddy McCarthy, Peter Ramage, Jimmy Kebe, Owen Garvan and Jonny Williams will be set to depart the club on loan soon, according the the Mirror.
There have been a lot of new signings at Selhurst Park and at the moment they are taking time to gel together. With the amount of money spent they must offload some players on loan but as long as they motivate their incoming players to work well together the Eagles should be good for at least another season playing against England’s elite.
The south London club have recruited well in this window managing to tempt Frazier Campbell and Wilfried Zaha to the club for what will likely be an uphill battle for the Eagles. The two aforementioned additions will give Palace a good attacking threat, with the pace of both players being something Neil Warnock can utilise against opposing defences.
In midfield they have splashed out £7 million to obtain James McArthur’s signature from Wigan Athletic. The 26-year-old made 40 league appearances in the Championship for Wigan last season with four goals and a handful of Europa League experience also.
This experience will need to be translated to the Premier League this season though and the faster the Scotland international adapts, the faster Palace are likely to be able to get some more points on the board.
An 11th place finish last term is encouraging for Palace but without sounding like a broken record from previous articles it is clear to see that a lower points tally was needed to guarantee safety than in years gone by. Palace reached the magic 40 points and even finished the season with 45 but to be certain of safety this season this amount of points will need to, at the very least be matched this season.
Goals appear to be what Warnock sees as the key problem area by signing Kevin Doyle on loan and Andrew Johnson on a free as well as the previously mentioned, Frazier Campbell. Palace only scored 33 goals last season with only two other two teams with lower records being relegated Norwich and Cardiff. However, defensively he has signed Brede Hangeland, Zeki Fryers and Martin Kelly to solidify in defence. Despite these signings Palace have had a poor start to the season. With just one point to show from three games so far.
So lots of singings for the Eagles and we still await a display to show that the players have adapted to their new team and manager. These imminent departures aren’t likely to impact hugely on Palace’s season but it at least eases the balancing of the books somewhat, which may give Palace a chance to repair in January should things not pick up. Expect Palace to have another solid season though once the new signings begin to click.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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