Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread
CRYSTAL PALACE GUIDE TO SEASON 12
What will Season 12 bring to South London's most prestigious club? Well it can't be any worse than what the fans had to endure during season 11. An A.W.O.L. Manager, administration and poor performing players which nearly brought division 3 football to Selhurst Park and with most of the Eagles star players leaving to help alleviate massive debts, the fans fear this season could be worse.
Holt has already sold the likes of Gilberto Silva, Conca, Toche' and Ruben Cani which brought in nearly £30m, but still the transfer budget is limited. Fans have already started to question Holt's signing of Wigan midfielder Tobias Weiss with one remarking that "if Weiss is not good enough for a 4th Division club like Wigan then we shouldn't be signing their rejects".
But the fan in question may not need to be reminded about Holt's signing of "Wigan reject" Javier Saviola last season who enjoyed a fruitful season, scoring 12 goals.
Fans are also frustrated with the fact the Holt seems unwilling to part with some of his youth players which could be sold to bring in players who are of a higher quality. But Holt states that these players are Crystal Palace's future and will be worth much more in the coming seasons than they are now. Having said that, the highly rated winger Shinji Kagawa is currently at Man City's training ground having a medical and it is believed that Jaoquin is coming the other way which would be a massive signing for Palace.
It is also clear that Micheal Mancienne and Victor Moses are both allowed to find new clubs if the right offer/player comes in.
So with 1 or 2 new signings in defence and midfield, perhaps Crystal Palace will do much better than last seasons 17th place finish, Holt's worst performance so far in his 6 seasons at Palace.
Mark Brights Final Word;
Palace can only improve on last season, infact if they dont then relegation is guaranteed. My gut feeling is that Holt will ring the changes both in personnel and tactically and Palace will stay safe of the drop zone this season. But Holt needs to forget what happened last season. Some say the car crash he had while driving in France which forced Holt to miss most of the season due to "psyhcological reasons" was set up by the Northern Alliance and an un-named ex-Millwall manager but I couldn't really comment, except one fact remains, where is that "ex-manager" now?
Brightys prediction: 10th