Sport Grading Crystal Palace's transfer window

16:46  10 august  2018
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PODCAST | Summer Transfer Window Review

  PODCAST | Summer Transfer Window Review In this week’s podcast, I look over Palace’s recent transfer activity which saw Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew all arrive at Selhurst to strengthen the side. This window also saw the departure of Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako, Damien Delaney, Lee Chung-Yong and Diego Cavalieri as they were released, whilst Jarosław Jach left on loan to gain experience. Will these new editions help to strengthen us in the Premier League? Was this a successful transfer window? Will the signings live up to the expectations? All this and more in this week’s e-Crystal Palace Podcast. In addition to this week’s edition of the e-Crystal Palace podcast, I also produced videos showcasing each of Palace’s new signings skills, including their goals and defending. Vicente Guaita Cheikhou Kouyate Max Meyer Jordan Ayew Subscribe to The e-Crystal Palace Podcast for more weekly podcasts and opinion pieces from Palace fans. You can follow e-Crystal Palace on Twitter and Facebook.

The latest on Crystal Palace transfers . Read transfer news and rumours, and get the details on done deals, completed ins and outs, and fees. Man Utd are preparing to make a bid for Harry Maguire before the transfer window closes on Thursday, according to Sky sources.

Crystal Palace . Squad size: 26. Average age: 27,5. Stadium: Selhurst Park 26.047 Seats. Current transfer record: -10,70 Mill. €. Premier League League level: First tier League position: In league since: 6 years.

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Crystal Palace’s transfer window seemed to explode into life with just a couple of weeks left before the deadline, and the Eagles were able to welcome a number of names for Roy Hodgson’s first full season in charge at Selhurst Park.

See how we rated their summer business here:


Veteran goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is welcomed to South London as a free agent, his contract at Getafe running out at the conclusion of last season. The 31-year-old looks to mount an immediate challenge to incumbent gloveman Wayne Hennessey for the spot in the starting XI.

Newcastle reportedly keen on Jairo Riedewald

  Newcastle reportedly keen on Jairo Riedewald Newcastle United reportedly retain an interest in Crystal Palace man Jairo Riedewald. The Magpies are believed to still be active in this summer’s transfer window, with the deadline fast approaching English clubs ahead of the new season’s beginning. Newcastle have added to their squad but appear to be monitoring several other potential targets, and the Daily Mail report that Riedewald is among the players who interest them in the closing periods of the window. Palace had been intending to use Riedewald in a part-exchange deal, as they looked to complete the signing of Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew. However, the Eagles failed to tie up a deal for the unhappy forward, with Riedewald believed to have been reluctant to make the switch to the Championship club this summer. Nevertheless, it’s claimed by the Mail that Newcastle have expressed an interest in recruiting Riedewald, who has struggled to settle in English football following his move from Ajax last summer.

In this week’s podcast Alfonso Greenbrook looks over Palace ' s recent transfer activity which saw Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick Van Aanholt, Luka Milivojević

It doesn’t take a tactical genius, or even Alan Pardew for that matter, to realise where Crystal Palace ’ s shortcomings lay last season. Palace , then, should be a perfect fit. According to WhoScored, Palace delivered the most crosses per game (26) and the second most long balls (74).

Deadline day saw Palace scramble for a Danny Ings loan deal, eventually losing out to Southampton. Instead, Jordan Ayew arrives from Swansea to provide much needed depth across the forward line.

Cheikhou Kouyate makes the trip across the capital from West Ham, with Palace forking out £9.5 for the defensive midfielder.

The marquee signing of the window however came in the form of Max Meyer – the German joining on a free transfer from Schalke. With four Germany caps under his belt, the pedigree of the attacking midfielder is quite something for a 22-year-old. Superb business.


This section might as well read – ‘NOT WILFRIED ZAHA’. Hanging onto the Ivorian may well make all the difference for Palace this year, as it did last year. Premier League survival is all but assured with the 25-year-old in the team.

Veterans Damien Delaney and Yohan Cabaye both left the club when their contracts expired.

What more could have been done?

The moves Palace did make were intriguing, but were minimal in quantity. A new goalkeeper, holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, and striker all make for decent signings, but a new defender could have perhaps been welcome for depth purposes.

Final Grade: B

Palace’s window was improved drastically by holding on to Zaha, despite concrete interest from Spurs. New signings could have a serious impact from day one, and therefore the powers that be at the club deserve credit.

Kouyate swaps West Ham for Palace in £9.5m deal .
The Senegal international has signed a four-year contract at Selhurst Park after moving across London from the HammersCrystal Palace have signed Senegal international midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from Premier League rivals West Ham.


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