2015/16 Season Review – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace – Final Position 15th

Player of the season – Scott Dann. A rock at the back. Palace’s poor finish may have turned into an even unhappier one without him.

Signing of the season – Yohan Cabaye. The Frenchman was the only signing who really played regularly in fairness. He was superb in the first half of the season.

Flop of the season – Wayne Hennessey. Palace couldn’t seem to settle on their first choice keeper for a while. He did himself few favours at times. Not a top-level keeper. He’ll be replaced.

Young Eagle to look out for – Hiram Boateng. The midfielder may stake a claim for some action next year after a productive loan spell with Plymouth Argyle.

Forget the old adage of ‘it’s a game of two-halves’ – this was a season of two-halves for the Eagles. Some superb results early on and solid form leading into the turn of the year had many fans dreaming of a possible, however improbable, assault on the European slots. Players such as Yohan Cabaye, the dazzling-duo of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie and resolute Scott Dann and Damien Delaney thrilled Selhurst Park. 2016 kicked in though. Palace were terrible in the second half of the season, barely mustering up a win from anywhere. Manager Alan Pardew took on the haunted look many fans of other clubs have associated with him when things simply don’t go right. Other sides seemed to find Palace out after a while and began to sit deep. Pardew had no idea how to set-up his team to deal with this, culminating in an alarming slump which dragged them, briefly, into a relegation battle. To remedy this, Palace conducted clumsy business in the January window. The arrival of the mercenary’s mercenary, Emmanuel Adebayor, was bizarre and not really what Palace were needing in terms of fight. He looked as disinterested as you’d expect and didn’t push or support Connor Wickham enough. Pardew managed to reach an FA Cup final, which gave fans something to look forward. The run to which probably ended up giving him a stay of execution, but he’ll know more than anybody that he’ll have to do an awful lot better next season.

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