Whisper it quietly, but the new Premier League season is not that far away now and, before you know it, we’ll but wondering just exactly what it’s like to not have football about…
Indeed, it isn’t long until we delve into another season of club football and so, as is customary at this time of year, it’s time to wheel out some season preview material.
Here at Rush Football, then, we’re taking a look at each Premier League club’s best four stars for the coming campaign and next up it’s Crystal Palace.
See if you agree with our selections…
The 2016/17 season saw Zaha finally complete the transformation into the player that Palace fans know he can be. It was his best ever season for the Eagles and he bagged himself six goals and nine assists. That was the key to his success, not only did he continue to show flair, pace and the ability to beat a player, he added end product to his game, and that has lead him to arguably become Palace’s most important player for the coming season.
Benteke is the player that the Eagles have needed for the past few seasons, a deadly, proven goalscorer that regularly gets on the end of crosses and finds the net. In fact, the Belgian scored 16 goals last season, more than any Palace has achieved since their promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/14 season. If Crystal Palace want to improve on their previous season, they need Benteke to be on form, and together with Zaha, they are a formidable duo that will keep any defence on their toes.
Clearly it is a controversial choice to put a new signing into a list of a club’s best players, especially a young player that has never played in the league before. However, Riedewald joining the Eagles could indicate a change in direction for the club. Frank de Boer is aware of the defender’s talents and sees him as a good addition to a new 3-4-3 formation that he is expected to play. Jaïro is a ball-playing centre-back that also has the versatility to play in other positions. He is young, strong, quick, but slightly unpolished. Whether he turns out to be one of the best players for Palace next season is uncertain, but he undoubtedly has the potential to do so.
Crystal Palace fans will hope his debut for them will go as well as his debut for Ajax, check it out below. Riedewald is subbed on around the 3:44 mark…
There are a few players that could have arguably made the list that didn’t, Andros Townsend and Yohan Cabaye being most notable. But the reason that Puncheon has made the cut is simply on the basis that he has recently been named as captain for the upcoming season. Last season, Puncheon captained the team to safety in the last few months, and despite only notching up five assists in the league, the local boy installed tremendous belief and passion into the squad that will be needed in abundance this upcoming campaign. Frank de Boer sees leadership qualities in the midfielder and, though he may not be in the top four most talented Eagles, as he gets older he loses pace but gains valuable experience which makes him an important asset to the club.