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Crystal Palace Season Preview Patrick Vieira Ushers In A New Era For The Eagles

Last season, Roy Hodgson guided an elderly Crystal Palace group to safety, finishing a comfortable 16 points clear of the relegation zone in his final season as manager.
The experienced coach’s conservative methods garnered a lot of flak, and the team is still reliant on Wilfried Zaha’s individual brilliance, but there’s no denying that Hodgson has laid a solid foundation for Palace’s long-awaited makeover.
Christian Benteke was one of the few senior players to receive a new contract thanks to his 10 Premier League goals. Eberechi Eze, the club’s main new signing, impressed in portions.
Thus far in the transfer season, Palace fans have had a spectacular and tantalizing summer thanks to a near-constant revolving door in the transfer market.
Senior players including Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend, and Mamadou Sakho have previously departed the club after their contracts ended.
While some of them will be missed, the club’s apparent philosophy of investing in youngsters has yielded a lot of potential.
Michael Olise, a Championship talent, has joined from Reading, while Marc Guehi, who impressed on loan at Swansea last season, has joined on a permanent basis from Chelsea.
After a great season with Fulham, Conor Gallagher has signed on loan from West Bromwich Albion, while centre-back Joachim Andersen has attracted interest from all across Europe.
Manager Despite Palace’s obvious transfer window strategy, their hunt for a new coach was somewhat haphazard.
Managers from both England and outside were vying for the job, with names like Steve Cooper, Sean Dyche, Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe, Nuno Espirito Santo, and Lucien Favre being mentioned.
In the end, though, the club chose Patrick Vieira.
Vieira’s credentials as a coach – his illustrious playing career followed by training under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – haven’t always translated into results, with his stay at Nice raising questions.
Wilfried Zaha is a key player for the team.
Despite the addition of new players, Zaha remains the club’s icon and undoubtedly the most skilled player.
Despite rumors that he is ready to leave the team again this summer, there has been little concrete interest in the 28-year-old winger, who has shouldered the club’s creative and goalscoring load so often.
After scoring 11 goals last season, he will no longer be such an isolated target for opposing players, which is promising.
With players like Eze (who is slated to miss the start of the season due to injury), Olise, and Gallagher all providing their own unique promise and threat, Zaha should profit from his newfound freedom and continue to be the club’s matchwinner.
What does success entail?
Although such a makeover would naturally raise expectations, the most important goal for Palace this season is to escape relegation.
Great change always comes with a risk, and supporters want to see a more exciting form of football that allows younger players to grow and establish strong foundations without sacrificing safety or success.
A mid-table finish would be an fantastic start for the club as it enters a new era.
August Premier League fixtures (a) vs Chelsea, Saturday 14 August, 3pm (h) vs Brentford, Saturday 21 August, 3pm (a) vs West Ham, Saturday 28 August, 3pm

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