As August approaches, Crystal Palace fans will be hoping for action from the club in the transfer market, as well as holding on to their star asset Wilfried Zaha.
It seems to be somewhat of a tradition that Palace leave their transfer business late. So far only Vicente Guaita, a goalkeeper from Getafe, has joined the club on a free transfer. This does solve the issue surrounding the goalkeeper, with Wayne Hennessey having a poor season at Selhurst Park last season.
Eagles fans will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season, losing their opening seven fixtures without scoring. Roy Hodgson will be hoping for a much more positive start to the coming campaign. With the level of spending in the Premier League,
The major issue at Selhurst Park is over their star man, Wilfried Zaha. The winger, in lethal form last season, has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. With his crucial importance to the team, losing the Ivorian would be a huge blow for the South Londoners.
With that in mind, this would be the dream August for Crystal Palace…
For a true dream August, Palace need to keep hold of their star talent, Ivorian winger Wilfried Zaha. Crystal Palace value their star talent at £70m.
He is a true creative force in the Palace side. In their opening fixtures last season, in which Zaha was injured, the South London outfit lost all games without scoring. He creates chances every game, and has found a new found goalscoring touch. Adding finishing to his game has turned him into one of the best wingers the Premier League has to offer.
The Ivorian has been on fire in pre-season. He recently scored twice in an away friendly against Reading.
He is a player who would be incredibly hard to replace. The Eagles build their side around Wilfried Zaha, selling him now with only a limited time to replace him would be a disaster for the club.
Striker finally arrives:
Palace need a new forward arrival to have a dream August.
The club’s record signing, Christian Benteke, scored a measly three Premier League goals last season. It was a disaster of a season for the big Belgian.
The loss of form for Benteke led to Roy Hodgson deploying Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up top on their own, meanwhile leaving the Belgian on the bench. Palace are crying out for a leading man up front, with a lethal touch in front of goal. Not since the departure of Glenn Murray have the Eagles had a true natural goalscorer at the club.
Easy opening day:
Getting off to a good start in the Premier League is crucial for Crystal Palace. Last season could not have been further removed from a dream August.
Falling to seven straight Premier League defeats, which saw the end of the incredibly brief tenure of Dutchman Frank De Boer, the opening to last season was an unmitigated disaster for the Eagles.
Getting off to a positive start, by beating newly promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage would mean a dream August was truly on the cards. This will be no easy task, with Fulham strengthening heavily this summer. The Cottagers have even secured the likes of Andre Schurrle, who has signed for the club on a loan-deal, so it’s surely going to be difficult.