Weighing it Up: How Crystal Palace's Summer Signings Have Performed So Far This Season

As is customary, Crystal Palace have had a roller-coaster ride of a season already. Having spent much of it propping up the other 19 clubs in the Premier League, things now seem to be on the up for the south Londoners.


Now, at the halfway point in their season following a 1-1 draw with Swansea City, it's becoming clear who's hot and who's not for the Eagles. Those who have helped them triumph over Chelsea but fall to the hands of Bristol City, to put it into more football-appropriate terms. 


With Frank de Boer having been at the helm for that infamous heartbeat of 77 days, Palace's players were not signed over the summer at the behest of Roy Hodgson. 


We've assessed how successful the summer transfer has been for Palace now that the dust has firmly settled on the season...

5. Dion Henry

Palace picked up a young Dion Henry from Peterborough over the summer as they failed to sign a replacement for their former first-choice 'keeper, Steve Mandanda. Henry hasn't been given a break yet but is only 20-years-old and has plenty of performing ahead of him. 


A place on the bench against Chelsea has to be the highlight of his season so far. Though with the arrival of Tomas Holy from Gillingham seemingly imminent, perhaps that will remain his highlight for the Pride of South London.


Rating: N/A

4. Jairo Riedewald

Jairo Riedewald was an £8.1m signing from Ajax on behalf of the estranged Mr de Boer. Since then, he's played only five games for the Eagles and his last appearance came in the 85th minute of Palace's victory over Leicester City


His talent is clear, but sadly Riedewald doesn't fit into Hodgson's squad. A wasted signing so far.


Rating: E

3. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

A 19-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah joined Palace on loan from Manchester United this summer and has impressed fans so far. His pace has shone and the young lad started the season well. 


Since then, competition in defence and some slightly shaky moments have seen him play less but Palace will certainly be pleased with the teenager's contribution. Big things to come.


Rating: C+

2. Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho holds the status of a semi cult-hero down in SE25 for his season-saving heroics last year. He was their big money signing of the summer and set the Eagles back £25.4m. His experience and ability has shored up the Palace defence and fans are glad to see him now as a permanent feature. 


An injury against Bournemouth will see the big centre-back kept on the sidelines for a good few weeks, however, and Sakho has never quite recovered from an injury last season that saw his formerly assured self weaken somewhat.


Rating: B

1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Palace's signing of the summer has to be Ruben Loftus-Cheek, an inspired loan from Chelsea. Having been kept out of the Blues' side by Jose Mourinho and later Antonio Conte, Loftus-Cheek is now being given the time he needs to flourish south of the Thames. 


The 21-year-old has dazzled in midfield for both Palace and England and, when he turns up the heat, can put opposition defences under serious pressure. It'll be a hard task, but keeping the young lad from Chelsea's grasp has to be Palace's focus behind closed doors.


Rating: A-

So there they are, the fantastic (some not so fantastic) five signings of Palace's summer. Who do you think they should add in January to bolster their ranks? Let us know in the comments.

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