Crystal Palace: A Fantastic Season - But Let's Not Get Complacent
What’s going right?
Where do you want to start? To finish 11th may not sound like much of an achievement but boy it feels as though we have finally arrived, and after our previous four failures to last more than a season, these are untold riches for Palace. There is a real sense of unity and togetherness about the club which has made all the difference.
Having said that this has been a wonderful season, there is clearly much work still to be done. The squad needs strengthening especially in midfield and upfront. Pulis understands the need to move the club on to the next level and that will take investment.
Got the right manager?
Pulis is justifiably in the frame for the Manager of the Year accolade, as he has transformed the team from a disparate, desperate bunch into a focused, effective unit. He has filled the players with confidence - and he is definitely the right man to take us forward for the foreseeable future.
A tricky one. Speroni won Player of the Year (for the fourth time) and he has been exceptional, but that was more of an emotional vote. Jedinak has been rock solid and a real inspiration to the team. But I would go for Joel Ward as he has played in three different positions and all with aplomb. His adaptability sways my vote.
Who would you like to sell in the summer?
There are a fair few who are not going to make the grade, and sadly I fear that last season's top scorer, Glenn Murray, is one who has to go as he is not quick enough, partly as a result of his cruciate ligament injury. A great servant to the club and one we'll miss, but those are the breaks.
Who do you want to sign?
On the realistic assumption we will not be paying huge wages and Pulis will have to do his trick of turning water into wine, we will be aiming for middle ranking Premier League or higher Championship targets. We do need some flair in the middle but that player will also need to fit in to the work ethic so maybe Will Hughes of Derby County, and a goalscorer such as Jordan Rhodes would fit the bill.
Best chant so far?
Stand in the rain and stand in the sun
We are South London's Number One
We hate Brighton, Millwall are scum
We are South London's Number One
Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?
Swansea were very impressive at Selhurst and strolled to a 2-0 win with great football, but that was when we were in the middle of our poor run. As for best player Toure was incredible, his strength, agility and vision make him the complete player and when he gets going he's unstoppable.
Biggest w***** of the season?
Darren Bent turned down Palace for Fulham because he did not want to be in a relegation battle. He will be reminded of this career-limiting move on Sunday. Who is laughing now, Darren?
Funniest Moment of the season?
Playing West Ham at home when Chamakh tried to head the ball out of the hands of a West Ham player as he was about to take a throw-in. He looked like a cross between a seal and a pony. High comedy during a tense encounter.
Next season's prediction?
Second season syndrome is a new concept for us in the Premier League, but a similar mid-table finish would do nicely and give us further stability to work on for the coming years. Need to get off to a reasonable start unlike last year, and then we could make the heady heights of 10th.