It has been a decent summer at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace winning their opening Premier League fixture of the season 2-0 against Fulham before a spirited defeat at home versus Liverpool.
But, as well as their encouraging performances against the above teams, Crystal Palace fans can also be satisfied with the work that has been done off the field, something that has been echoed by chairman Steve Parish.
“I would never describe the transfer window as enjoyable, but working with Roy [Hodgson], Dougie [Freedman] and Iain Moody this summer was definitely a positive experience and we believe that we did the very best we could, given the money that had been invested previously,” Parish was quoted saying in Crystal Palace’s official match programme for the Liverpool game (via Football London).
And, while Parish did also mention it would be difficult to grade the players signed in this transfer window in this moment of time, the acquisitions do look promising.
Albeit he has not yet reached the heights many would have expected him to by now, Max Meyer, who was brought in on a free transfer, is still quite a coup.
And, at 22 years of age, he still has plenty of time to reach his potential.
Meanwhile, Cheikhou Kouyate will add more steel to Palace’s midfield while Jordan Ayew can give Roy Hodgson’s men some fresh impetus up front.
Christian Benteke, quite frankly, is no longer the player he once was and offers the Eagles very little.
Most importantly, though, Crystal Palace have managed to secure the future of star man Wilfried Zaha after he put pen to paper on a new five-year deal which will take the Ivory Coast international’s tenure at Selhurst Park into 2023.
With Zaha and the rest of their summer additions, Crystal Palace should have enough in their arsenal to avoid a relegation scrap.