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The new look Crystal Palace: Will the Eagles fly high?

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Crystal Palace had a disappointing finish to the previous campaign. Project restart following the lockdown did not work in their favour. Injuries to Gary Cahill, Patrick Van-Aanholt and James Tomkins left the defence in a precarious state.

Palace are a team that do not score too many goals. They depend on the solidarity of their defence to grind out wins. So this largely depleted defence was a cause for concern coming into the new season. This called for transfer activity and also an adaptation in the style of play.

Palace signed QPR youngster Eberechi Eze for a reported 16 million pounds. The young attacking midfielder is an exciting addition to the squad and will hopefully bring some innovation and creativity into the attack. For the last few seasons Palace has relied on the flair and brilliance of Wilfred Zaha in attack. The revival of Jordan Ayew and Andros Townsend has added another dimension to the Eagles’ attack. The introduction of Eze into this team is aimed at galvanizing the newfound attacking talent and providing Palace with an additional dimension in attack.

Another interesting signing is the arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on loan. The versatile striker is a goal threat and offers good squad depth and a different type of player off the bench along with Christian Benteke.

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This season, however, has seen Crystal Palace hit the ground running with a promising start. Southampton on Matchday 1 was a typical Palace win. Wilfred Zaha scored for the Eagles and they held on to their narrow lead to confirm the three points.

Matchday 2 however brought more daunting opposition in the form of Manchester United and their plethora of world stars. The Palace boys weren’t phased by the star power. Andros Townsend gave Palace an early lead and Wilfred Zaha doubled it from the spot in the 74th Minute.

Donny Van de Beek gave United a lifeline with a debut goal but any hope of salvaging points was put to bed when Zaha expertly turned Victor Lindelof and fired clinically past David De Gea. With 6 points out of 6 Palace were off to a dream start to the new season.

Last night however Everton proved to be stronger opposition and put an end to the winning streak. In form strikers, Calvert Lewin and Richarlison scored one each and Palace could not match up to it. However, there are plenty of positives for Roy Hodgson to take from this impressive start.

Palace finally have quality attackers in their team. Their attack has been bolstered by new signings. The return of their star man Patrick Van-Aanholt from injury is also bound to provide a boost. These are exciting times for Palace fans and players. With the turmoil at many top clubs, the Eagles can realistically hope for a finish in the top half of the table and maybe even make a surprise shout for a European place.

Can Crystal Palace build on this fast start or is it just false dawn? Only time will tell.

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