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Crystal Palace incoming transfers:
Jordan Ayew ($3M transfer from Swansea): Ayew spent last season on loan from Swansea with this side, although he made less appearances that would probably have been expected. Ayew made 20 total appearances in the Premier League (six of those were substitute appearances) scoring one goal and two assists. He averaged about 60 minutes per appearance.With the movement from this Palace side though, he clearly earned some of Hodgson’s respect and earned a transfer. With the transfers of Sako and Wan-Bissaka coupled with the return of Batshuayi to Chelsea, Palace are in dire need of scoring. They finished with a decent defensive record in the League last year, but couldn’t maintain parity with the goalscoring required. Ayew should already be settled into the side and should be able to produce for this club immediately.
Jaroslaw Jach (Return from Loan): Jach will return to the club near the end of August from his loan. He spent some time at Caykur Rizespor, but that agreement was ended early after the player only appeared in a few matches for the side. After the conclusion of that, he was sent on loan to Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova. The Polish international has rather struggled since joining Palace. In Moldova, he would start ten of his fifteen opportunities, but in total, he would make only 19 appearances throughout the season. However, perhaps the one positive of the situation is that he managed to appear for about 85 minutes each time. That said, I do think he’s likely to back out on loan instead of making the first team where I doubt he’ll surpass Sakho and Dann.
Jason Lokilo (Return from Loan): Lokilo joined the club on a free transfer in July 2015 but has not really materialized into a possible first-team product. His recent move was to Lorient in France, but he’s managed only a couple of appearances in the French Ligue 2. While he will return to the club after the loan, I think it’s highly unlikely he stays with them for long. Unable to lock down playing time in the French second division is not a good indication of Premier League value.
Alexander Sorloth (Return from Loan): Sorloth sustained a ligament injury on May 20, 2019. He appeared sparingly for the first half of the season with Crystal Palace although he didn’t really accrue any substantial minutes. The second half of the season he went out on loan to KAA Gent in Belgium. Across all competitions, he would make 38 appearances for 2,366 minutes, a little over 62 minutes appearance. He managed six goals and four assists for his troubles. Interestingly, while at Crystal Palace he played striker, but for his loan club, he appeared mostly as a right winger.
Stephen Henderson (Free Transfer from Nottingham Forest): Henderson is likely to be only a background figure for the Eagles as he only made three appearances for Forest last year. The first two spots are really already occupied by Wayne Hennessy and Vincent Guaita.
Crystal Palace outgoing transfers:
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($71.5M to Manchester United): Wan-Bissaka is one of Crystal Palace’s homegrown youth products. He was promoted to the first team in January 2018, before bursting onto the Premier League scene. His playing form got him a call up to the U23 English side. Wan-Bissaka would make 46 appearances at right back for Crystal Palace (42 in the Premier League) where he would be one of the brightest stars for Crystal Palace. As you’ve no doubt guessed by now, he caught many more wealthy club’s eyes as well. For this amount of money, I don’t know how Crystal Palace resists the approach for the youngster. This gives Palace a nice little war chest that they might not have had otherwise, which will hopefully allow Roy Hodgson to make some improvements.
Jason Puncheon (Released): Puncheon suffered a severe cruciate ligament injury in the Crystal Palace and Brighton game in the FA Cup third round in January. Although Puncheon returned towards the beginning of September, he never really regained his place. After several months of the season spent on the bench for Palace, Puncheon spent the second half of last season on loan at Huddersfield after five years with the Crystal Palace first team. He made six appearances for the Huddersfield side but was largely unused while on loan.
Julian Speroni (Released): Speroni has faded into oblivion in the last season making only one appearance for the club and making four bench appearances. Aside from that, the other 31 appearances he wasn’t even in the twenty-three man squad. Couple that with the fact that Speroni is approaching the wrong side of 40 and it’s not a good combination for the player. Currently, he’s third in the pecking order behind Hennessy and Guaita, and I don’t see that changing. If Speroni wants to continue playing, this will allow him to find a new club and free up some salary for Crystal Palace. It’s unfortunate that after nearly 15 years with the club that he’ll be separated by being released, but it’s likely a decision that was made between the keeper and the club.
Bakary Sako (Released/Free Transfer to Denizlispor): Sako has struggled to make it into the first team of late, with consistent injury problems. The first part of the season Sako was on loan to the Championship side where even there he struggled to make the team. He wasn’t in the squad for his first six matches, spent seven more on the bench, and only appeared in five games for a total of 160 minutes. In the second half of the season, he was excluded from the match squad eight times, on the bench three only appearing four times (as a substitute) for a meager 26 minutes. It’s not a shock to me that he’s been let go and it’s probably for the best. Update: Sako has moved to Denizlispor after being released.
Last Updated: July 29, 2019