Crystal Palace
On their fifth attempt in the top flight Palace survived the drop last season 

Last Season

Premier League: 11th

FA Cup: Fourth round

League Cup: Second round

Top Scorer: Dwight Gayle (8)

Summer's work

After waiting until deadline day in January to seal a host of excellent additions, Palace look to be leaving it late again in the transfer market but their early movements bear promise. The formidable Brede Hangeland has swapped swanky west London for the south east having joined from Fulham on a free transfer while Frazier Campbell is a new arrival from Cardiff City and will give the club's forward line some much needed potency next term.

The former Stoke City manager has scrapped the Jose Campaña project, disposing of the Spanish youngster to Sampdoria while releasing defensively suspect duo, Dean Moxey and Jonathan Parr along with midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Manager – Tony Pulis

The revival Tony Pulis inspired at Selhurst Park understandably has the club feeling rather content. After being left stranded at the foot of the table having taken just four points from 11 games the Welshman's arrival salvaged a doomed campaign as the Eagles retained their top flight status for the first time in five attempts. With the help of some shrewd signings in the January transfer window - a series of masterstrokes compared to Ian Holloway's insipid trolley dash in the summer – he transformed the club into a stable Premier League force. The 56-year-old's regimented style of play suggests the club will be happy to remain an unspectacular, but unwavering presence in this division.

Key Player – Yannick Bolasie

The 25-year-old underwent a drastic reversal of fortunes following Pulis' appointment at Selhurst Park. Having struggled for fitness and form under Holloway, Bolasie thrived under the commanding leadership of Pulis and provided the guile and trickery to complement the aggressive resolve the manager built his side's success on. Bolasie's pace and determination will be a potent weapon for Palace next season.


Promotion last year summoned hopes of merely surviving the drop. This year the club will hope to further underline their status as a stable Premier League club, new territory for the south east Londoners. Limited funds around Selhurst Park mean building anything beyond that is unlikely for the time being.


Palace are here to stay. No more 'Yo-yo' club. 13th.