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Crystal Palace Transfer Window Review: Record Breaking Arrivals and Departures

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Transfer windows are exciting times for football fans and it was a record-breaking one in the Premier League as the total spending reached £1.165bn. For the first time in history, £1bn mark was crossed in the Premier League and £155m spent on the deadline day took the figures to a whopping £1.165bn. Thirteen top-flight teams broke their own transfer records and Crystal Palace was one of them.

Alan Pardew did not add too many players to his squad over the summer- five players being signed for a total of £55m. So, the Crystal Palace fans should be happy with their business. Let us do a quick review of the summer transfer window the South London club had.

Ins

Christian Benteke – Liverpool, £32m

Andros Townsend – Newcastle United, £13m

Steve Mandanda – Marseille, free

James Tomkins – West Ham, £10m

Loic Remy – Chelsea, loan

Fees quoted from Sky Sports

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace (L) closes down (R) Simon Francis of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace (L) closes down (R) Simon Francis of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Outs

Sullay Kaikai – Brentford, loan

Hiram Boateng – Bristol Rovers, loan

Jonny Williams – Ipswich, loan

Luke Croll – Exeter, loan

Adrian Mariappa – Watford, Free

Yannick Bolasie – Everton, £28m

Dwight Gayle – Newcastle United, £10m

Alex McCarthy – Southampton, £4m

Mile Jedinak – Aston Villa, £4m

David Gregory – Cambridge, free

Chris Kettings – Oldham, free

Jake Gray – Luton, free

Emmanuel Adebayor – released

Marouane Chamakh – released

Brede Hangeland – released

Adrian Mariappa – released

Reise Allassani – released

Christian Scales – released

Connor Dymond – released

Jerome Binnom-Williams – Peterborough, undisclosed

Freddie Ladapo – Oldham, loan

Fees quoted from Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Yannick Bolasie of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Yannick Bolasie of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

What they managed to bring in

If I were a Crystal Palace fan, I would have been quite happy with Pardew’s business. Crystal Palace struggled for goals badly last season and Pardew brought in a proven Premier League goalscorer in Christian Benteke. The Belgian became the South London side’s club record signing. Loic Remy, another quality striker, was brought in on loan from Chelsea. The Frenchman shares a good relationship with Pardew having worked together at Newcastle. So, Palace’s goalscoring woes should be a problem anymore.

Andros Townsend adds a big threat out wide with his direct approach towards the game. James Tomkins has what it takes to improve the Eagles defensively while an experienced keeper like Mandanda for free was a great coup from Pardew. The major players who moved on to pastures from Selhurst Park were Bolasie and Gayle and Crystal Palace did a brilliant business from their sales.

What they still miss

Crystal Palace are a bit short on numbers at the heart of the defence with just three natural central defenders in their squad. Martin Kelly can do a decent job out there but Pardew should have gone for further defensive reinforcements.

Remarks

I would give Crystal Palace seven out of ten for the business they have done this summer. It could have been better but overall, it was a better than average window for Palace.

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