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CRYSTAL PALACE: Can Benteke & Townsend make a difference? What can Pardew produce?

After showing so much promise early on, Crystal Palace ultimately stalled last season to finish in a disappointing 15th position.

Alan Pardew has quickly picked up the pieces and plunged head first into the transfer market as he looks to cement a top 10 finish with the South Londoners.


Crystal Palace - 2016/17

Key signings


Christian Benteke - from Liverpool for £27m

Failing to live up to expectations at Liverpool, Benteke arrives at Palace eager to regain the form he showed at Aston Villa a few years ago. A big presence in the box, what he lacks in speed and skill he makes up for in strength and sharp shooting.

As new teammate Scott Dann said, Benteke is no Lionel Messi and will need good service if he is to make an impact, but if he is given that expect him to find the back of the net frequently. Lacking game time, he is looking a bit sluggish but will click into gear soon enough and give real punch to Palace's attack.


Andros Townsend - from Newcastle United for £13m

A Tottenham Hotspur reject who proved his talent after a successful switch to Newcastle last season, Townsend finds himself at a third club in six months. Willing he can settle in at Palace, expect the 25-year-old to continue tearing up defences with a real ability to go on the counter attack.

Townsend's future could be a very bright one if he can fully emerge from his Tottenham shadows in the south of the nation's capital.

James Tomkins - from West Ham United for £10m

Having impressed during his time at West Ham, Tomkins arrives at Palace with plenty of experience. An intelligent defender who's handy with his head, Tomkins will fit right in at Palace and could become an ideal centre-back pairing for captain Dann.


Steve Mandanda - from Marseille for free

Unbelievably picked up on a free transfer after a stellar career between the sticks for Marseille, Mandanda arrives just in time for Palace. With Wayne Hennesey falling to injury early in the season, Mandanda has been called up to the first team quickly and is showing all the signs of a seasoned shot-stopper. Gives Palace two very quality keepers to chose from down the track.


Loic Remy - from Chelsea on loan

Another very shrewd pick-up by Palace, Remy has been struggling for game time at Chelsea and will be given the chance to prove why he was brought to Stamford Bridge in the first place. Having previously been a star striker for QPR and Newcastle, Remy is a speedy attacker who is capable of scoring with both feet and his head. Could be an ideal pairing for Benteke with Remy perhaps playing behind the big striker.


Overall

Some very smart buys from Palace over the summer that should give them a very real chance of cementing a top-ten finish, providing the new boys can gel together with the rest of the squad.

The presence of two potentially explosive strikers that will be eager to rediscover their bang in front of goal is exciting but they will have to replace the departed Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle.

Australian international Mile Jedinak has also departed, leaving some sort of hole in midfield, but Pardew has a squad capable of pushing right away from the drop zone and into a middling position.

In terms of loans, Eagles fans will be interested to see how promising forward Sullay Kaikai gets on at Brentford while there will be some interest in Keshi Anderson (Bolton Wanderers) and former non-league player Freddie Ladapo (Oldham Athletic).


Tribal's Transfer Rating: 7/10

Joshua Thomas
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