With a smart transfer policy led by manager Alan Pardew and in the shadows of bigger Premier League sides Crystal Palace is quietly building a very strong team. The Eagles revamped their attack and have been working on bringing in England international midfielder on loan.
BENTEKE AND REMY
On Tuesday Crystal Palace have completed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, which possibly suggests that Pardew will play with two strikers up front this season, a formation rarely seen these days in the Premier League. The former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers striker will partner up with former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who joined Palace ten days ago in a club record transfer for an initial £27 million. Palace fans are already fantasizing about goal scoring potential between the duo and if Benteke and Remy could find their form from the days they played for Aston Villa and Newcastle United this could be very exciting season for the Eagles.
Alan Pardew has decided to give the club’s midfield a total makeover – key central midfielder and team captain Mile Jedinak has left the club to join Aston Villa in the Championship while left-winger Yannick Bolasie has been sold to Everton for £29 million. Right-winger Wilfried Zaha is also on the radar of several Premier League sides so club made a move to sign former Tottenham and Newcastle winger Andros Townsend as the replacement. However, they biggest need is the key man in the center of midfield and Pardew is working hard on convincing England international Jack Wilshere to join Palace after Arsenal decided to send him on a season-long loan. The Gunners will allow him to stay in Premier League only if the club is not considered a potential rival, a profile that Palace currently fits. Other clubs interested in central midfielder are Bournemouth, Watford, Celtic and Roma. However, the biggest magnet is that Palace would allow Wilshere to stay in London and regain his form in the Premier League playing in vastly reinforced squad. If Wilshere’s move doesn’t go through Pardew’s backup plan is Venezuela captain, Tomas Rincon who currently plays for Genoa.
Crystal Palace is aiming a top half finish this season with a place in European competitions being the ultimate goal. In addition, after witnessing Leicester City’s miraculous title-winning campaign, Pardew noted that every club has a right to dream of success. With bolstering every line in the team – the new goalkeeper for this season will be France international Steve Mandanda while centre-back James Tomkins arrived from West Ham, Palace now has a squad filled with European experience. If the Eagles manage to pair Jack Wilshere with Yohan Cabaye in the centre of the field, they’ll have a midfield capable of producing a number of chances for the attacking duo Benteke – Remy that should lead to a successful season.