Has it been a good season or not? Fans are quite torn yet remain happy that Crystal Palace will still be a Premier League come next season. Yes, it’s nice to be safe, but where’s the fun? Surely soon, you’re going want to enjoy life in the top tier rather than endure it.
This season hasn’t really lived up to expectation but with a strong ending, the Eagles could set themselves up nicely for a productive summer ahead.
For all the attacking quality Crystal Palace have throughout their team, it has been disappointing that they couldn’t break into the top ten, although there is always next season to improve.
Roy Hodgson will hope to be entrusted with a substantial budget that could help him improve a number of positions on the pitch. Obviously, he’s got a fair amount to prove in terms of getting Palace to the next level, so it’d be interesting to see what he can do with another summer of investment.
Starting with the back-line and, because of numerous injuries troubling Palace throughout the campaign, it would be a sensible move to eye the capture of Chelsea’s club captain Gary Cahill, as he is available on a free this summer.
Cahill, (who is valued at £9 million on Transfermarkt) has played just 21 minutes of Premier League football this season, an insult for someone of his quality and experience. It’d be a coup and someone to improve on the likes of James Tomkins, giving Mamadou Sakho a truly top class central defensive partner.
Thankfully for him, his contract is up at the end of the season, meaning he is free to explore other options like Crystal Palace that would surely suit him a lot better. Cahill’s level might have dipped as Old Father Time catches up with him but few would doubt his quality and his trophy-winning expertise could have a transformative effect on a Palace team looking to grow.
The Eagles were one of many sides to have taken up an interest in the Englishman (as per the Sun) during the January transfer window, although no deal ever materialised.
Since Cahill has been stuck on the sideline, he will be desperate to once again be playing regularly, like he could with Crystal Palace should he impress.
As not only a solid player on the pitch, Gary Cahill would bring great leadership qualities to Selhurst Park that could make him well-liked among fans and players alike.
Palace fans, do you agree? Would you like Cahill? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…