Ratings Attack: A Look at How Crystal Palace's Summer Signings Have Fared so Far This Season

Despite needing a lot more than four players in the summer, Crystal Palace managed to obtain just that, inexplicably leaving themselves with just one fit striker in the shape of Christian Benteke as well as just two goalkeepers; both of whom are not quite good enough. 


A deadline day move for Everton's Oumar Niasse collapsed at the last minute, but nevertheless, the quartet of signings that Steve Parish and co. managed to pull off have been more good than bad. 


Let's take a more in depth look at the Eagles' summer arrivals:

4. Jairo Riedewald

The 21-year-old Dutch international arrived in south London from Ajax in a £7.5m move, and after initial excitement about the pedigree of the Eredivisie's - statistically - most accurate passer, Riedewald hasn't really got going at Selhurst Park. 


Having initially been deployed at centre back under Frank de Boer - the man who was supposedly instrumental in persuading the prodigy to swap Amsterdam for Croydon - Riedewald has plied his trade in midfield under Roy Hodgson following the Dutchman's sacking, and to good effect.


Riedewald is a natural footballer and shows effortless signs of composure and passing ability when on the pitch, and after an accomplished display against Manchester City in one of his rare appearances, more game time could be in the offing for the Dutchman. 


Rating: 5.5/10

3. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Again, like Riedewald, Timothy Fosu-Mensah's move to SE25 seemed to be fuelled by his Dutch connection with Frank de Boer, and it was of interest to many to see how the duo from Netherlands performed under Roy Hodgson after de Boer was given his P45.


Incidentally, Fosu-Mensah has performed better since the Dutch boss departed, and was recently awarded the Man of the Match award for his exceptional performance against Manchester City


His Palace career began at centre back under de Boer, but it is no secret to most Eagles fans that his best position is at right back; the best is undoubtedly yet to come for Fosu-Mensah in south London.


Rating: 6.5/10

2. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Tireless, physically imposing, and effective; Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been a revelation in south London since joining from Chelsea on loan. His drive, strength, and energy in midfield has been pressure relieving such is his unerring ability to carry the ball up the pitch, and he is visibly improving with every game he play in red and blue. 


His impressive performances for England earned him widespread appreciation as opposed to just from those in SE25; which could be a bad thing for Palace should they hope to entertain a permanent deal come the end of the season. 


If we were to find some criticism with the 21-year-old, his end product could be improved upon, as the midfielder had scored just once whilst assisting three more, although the general feeling is that these statistics will improve with time. 


Rating: 8/10

1. Mamadou Sakho

An absolute hero and figure of inspiration during his loan from Liverpool last season, Palace fans were jubilant when the permanent arrival of the Frenchman was announced on the last day of the summer window; and Mamadou Sakho has not disappointed. 


The former PSG man hit the ground running with some dominant performances at the back, and is responsible for providing what feels like the turning point in the Eagles' season when he prodded home a last minute winner against Stoke City earlier in the campaign. 


A serious calf injury has seen Sakho on the sidelines for a few weeks and it will be a few weeks more until he returns. Despite this, the 'Soldier' has definitely become a fans' favourite in his first year in south London, even earning the captain's armband in the process. 


Rating: 8.5/10

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