Crystal Palace will be striving for excellence as Pardew continues to make promising & ambitious transfers ensuring CPFC establish themselves as a strong PL club targeting Europe in the coming seasons.
When an club legend takes on a managerial role at their old team the task is far from straightforward, just ask Alan Shearer who failed to save Pardew’s ex-club Newcastle from relegation in April of 2009. Pardrew initially inherited a mediocre Palace team that were set in the mundane play style of Tony Pulis; however it quickly turned from a relegation battle into a top half push as Pardrew manifested his players into a smooth, confident free flowing side that played without fear.
A tenth place finish at the end of last season was a stupendous achievement ensuring Selhurst Park would continue to rock as it usually does. Considering their current squad Palace have a radiant mix of consistent players such as Joel Ward, Scott Dan who was especially miraculous at Centre-Back last year, James McArthur & Captain Mile Jedinak amongst others which forms a solid backbone of the team. Contrary they also have exciting sporadic players such as Yannick Bolasie, Wilfred Zaha, Jason Puncheon & Dwight Gayle who although scoring 10 goals in all competitions last season lost his place to prolific cult hero Glen Murray. It is always important to have a balance of players; some who will win you games and some who will keep the team in check and are needed for the overall structure,Palace do extremely well in this department.
Despite this, strengthening the squad is still key to the ever competitive Premier League and Pardew is taking steps in all the right directions. Having Zaha full term instantly adds more flair to the side, sealing Patrick Bamford on a season long loan makes the front line look far more imposing as he will battle for a place with fellow youngster Gayle (24) and veteran Murray (31). Considering these shrewd singing the best piece of business not just for Palace but arguably the best so far this summer is acquiring the services of Frenchman Yohan Cabaye who was Pardrew’s starlet in a Newcastle side of the past. Relocating from Paris to South-East London Cabaye hardly struggled but rather didn’t fit in with the French champions, he will add a completely new diverse dimension to Palace’s midfield. The technical ability Cabaye possesses will help unlock defenses, maintain solidity in the centre of the park, break up play and undoubtedly score a few screamers along the way. The status of Cabaye doesn’t just improve the squad itself it lifts the image of Crystal Palace Football Club making them far more desireable to play for and more formidable to play against.
With more possible signings to come most importantly a replacement for Julian Speroni whose expiration date is on the horizon and offloading deadwood such as Brede Hangeland; Pardew’s side should be aiming for a top half finish at the minimum with the intent of challenging for European places in the forthcoming years, the foundations are set it seems and Palace can only continuously improve from here on out.