|The arrival of KG is a popular move |
with Palace fans
|Palace fans will be hoping for Glenn|
Murray to show the same form he did
Freedman has made no secret of his desire to bring in another striker. However, with very few Championship standard centre forwards available for a bargain, it may give those waiting in the wings a chance to stand up and be counted. Jermaine Easter will be hoping that Freedman gives him a more sustained run in the starting line up than he did during last season, while youngsters Sean Scannell and Wilfried Zaha will be looking to make their mark in the first team after showing some promising signs during the Pre-Season fixtures. This season may even see a return to the first team scene for a certain Calvin Andrew. Sent out on loan on two occasions last season, Andrew has been heavily involved in The Eagles Pre-Season campaign and looks set to play some sort of role within the first team squad.
|The signing of Aleksander Tunchev|
will go some way to solving Palace's
Towards the back end of last season, Palace fans often found themselves frustrated with the negative tactics employed by Dougie Freedman. The tactics were, however, adapted to the situation that the club found itself in and in the end brought about the desired results. Having now had the chance to work his way into the job and having the bonus of starting on a level playing field with the other teams in the division, Freedman will have been able to implement a style of play he feels will bring about success. Palace have the players capable of producing a fast and exciting style of football. The attacking mentality of full backs Dean Moxey and Nathanial Clyne enables us to start putting the opposition under pressure from defence. This paired with skilful wingers such as Zaha and Scannell up top we should be a handful attacking down the flanks, and in theory will be able to get a good supply to Glenn Murray. It would be nice to see Darren Ambrose played in his preferred position of attacking midfield, where he can play just behind Murray and pick up any loose balls. We all know the form that Ambrose can produce, and it would be a bonus if he could rediscover the scoring touch he had during his first season at SE25 having returned to full fitness over the summer.
For me, this season is about Palace establishing ourselves as a team capable of pushing for the playoffs next season. It would be foolish to aim below promotion this season, but a realistic aim would be to force our way into the top half of the table. Freedman needs to build a squad which has the right blend of youth and experience which will be able to compete at the top of the Championship in the future. I agree with his transfer policy of not wanting to overspend and believe that if he can get the squad to perform to their full potential we will avoid the struggles of the previous two seasons. It came as no surprise to hear that Palace have sold out the away allocation for the first game at Peterborough and if we continue to back the team, management and owners, we could surprise a few doubters by having a very successful season.