3 Players Crystal Palace Should Retain In Their Squad Including This Former Liverpool Forward!

Crystal Palace have had a tough season. After a terrible start to the season, the players regrouped and helped the team finish way higher in the league table than what was expected back in November. With a new season on the cards, the players will have to once again focus and the Palace board will have to figure out who to keep and who to move on.

Here is a list of three players we feel they should keep at the club.

Christian Benteke

The former Liverpool forward came to the club for a record fee. He was an excellent player back in his Aston Villa days and his goalscoring exploits in the Midlands earned him a move to Merseyside. However, he failed at Anfield and was subsequently moved on to London where Palace paid a fortune to bring him on board.

However, he has failed to live up to his expectations at the club. He was tipped to become the number one forward for Belgium at one point but as of now, the player is not even a part of the Red Devils squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He has failed at Palace and his injury problems over the season has not helped.

Maybe many fans will want him moved on but a player in his mid-twenties should be given another chance if bought for so much. A good preseason will help him hit the ground running and a goal or two here might change his confidence and we might get to see the old Benteke once again; stomping and running past defenders and finishing goals from ridiculous angles.

Ruben-Loftus Cheek

The Chelsea star was at the club on loan from Stamford Bridge. His impressive performances in the first half earned him a call-up to the Three Lions set-up. However, he went on and got injured in the second half of that game and has been unable to help Palace since.

Since moving back to Chelsea will only see him sitting on the bench, the player could be and should be convinced by Palace to stay back at the club for another season. He can help link up their attack and midfield.

Wilfried Zaha

This is a no-brainer given that he is the main man at the club. The return of Zaha has seen him become a star at Palace. He has single-handedly won them several games and helped the club stay afloat this season.

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He is, however, being chased by multiple clubs and Palace will not want to lose their man. They will want to improve their position and Zaha staying with them might go a long way in doing that.

Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.