Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace face a big summer ahead, with the Eagles looking to both reduce the average age of the squad and strengthen in certain key positions. Premier League fans can book Crystal Palace Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
It is a big summer ahead for Crystal Palace. The Eagles are faring well at the moment in the Premier League and look to be on course for another season of top flight football, with Roy Hodgson’s men sitting in 11th place on 39 points from 29 games.
There are plenty of positives off the field for Palace too, with Roy Hodgson recently signing a one-year contract extension and the Eagles’ plans for their academy backed by Bromley Council’s planning committee.
But ahead of the summer transfer window, Hodgson and Palace face some big decisions over the futures of some key players and who they will look to bring in to strengthen the squad for next season.
Below, we take a look at five key decisions for the Eagles to make.
Wilfried Zaha’s future
Not for the first time, Palace are likely to face questions over whether they can keep hold of Zaha this summer. The Ivory Coast international has been Palace’s talisman for several years, with Zaha being the man the Eagles have often turned to when in need of a moment of magic.
He is the Eagles’ all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League, with 35 goals. But he has only scored three goals in 30 appearances this season, with Jordan Ayew and Vicente Guaita arguably being more important to the Eagles this season, thanks to their goals and saves respectively.
Nevertheless, Zaha remains an integral figure for Roy Hodgson and Palace. But the question marks over his future remain, having been linked in the past with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea. Premier League fans can book Everton Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
This summer is likely to bring fresh speculation over Zaha’s future, with Palace chairman Steve Parish previously suggesting that the 27-year-old could be allowed to leave at the right price.
The big question though is whether any club will meet Palace’s valuation of Zaha, after the Eagles turned down bids from Arsenal and Everton last summer. This has been the key question regarding Zaha thus far, and whether his value to Palace is worth more than anyone would be willing to pay for him.
Zaha has said he wants to test himself at the highest level possible amid a dream to play in the Champions League. And it could be that this summer is the crunch time for him and the club.
It has previously been said by Hodgson and some of Zaha’s team-mates that he may leave some point, but whether or not that is this summer remains to be seen. If it is, Palace will have money to reinvest in the squad, but how they replace Zaha is an altogether different question.
But this season Palace have not been as reliant on Zaha’s goals and assists and that may be a factor in the big decision they are likely to face, should fresh bids come in for the 27-year-old.
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