Campbell soups up attack as Pulis seeks more signings

RAY RYAN runs the rule over Palace’s summer transfer business so far

Tony Pulis performed a football miracle last season when he kept Crystal Palace in the Premier League, rightly earning himself the Manager of the Year award from his peers.

But now he’s really got his work cut-out.

Selhurst Park, as tweeted by Steve Parish, with new pitch and surrounds, looks ready for the season

Selhurst Park looking a picture as tweeted by Steve Parish, with new pitch and surrounds, all ready for the season

Pulis and his Crystal Palace squad arrive back in London this morning after their successful pre-season tour to America with some expectations, not least among Eagles fans, that the manager needs to delve into the transfer market before the league season gets underway at Arsenal on August 16.

So far eight players have left Selhurst Park this summer, either on loan or permanently, while Pulis has signed just two as he seeks to shape the squad which he inherited from Ian Holloway last November to something of his own making.

It looks as if Pulis has been thwarted in his enquiries about a return to Palace for Selhurst favourite Wilf Zaha. Signed for Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson, then snubbed by David Moyes, Zaha, the England international winger, looks like he may be given a closer look by his third manager in less than a year now Louis van Gaal is at Old Trafford.

Steve Parish, the Palace co-chairman, has promised funds for Pulis, as the club has been linked to a host of players, including Hull City defender Curtis Davies (“He’s going nowhere,” according to Steve Bruce), Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano, Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby.

Fraizer Campbell: the answer to Palace's need for goals?

Fraizer Campbell: the answer to Palace’s need for goals?

Fraizer Campbell’s £900,000 signing from relegated Cardiff made headlines. “We need goals and people who can put the ball in the back of the net,” Pulis said when the deal was announced. “It’s an area we need to improve so we’re pleased to sign Fraizer.

“He’s got a good attitude and works hard. He will blend in well with the rest of the group.”

Palace have also been trying to sign Campbell’s former Cardiff team mate Steven Caulker but failed to land the Wales player.

Chris Kettings has arrived on a free transfer from Blackpool, to supplement Julian Speroni, who has signed a 12-month contract extension, and Wales international Wayne Hennessy, among the club’s goalkeepers.

At 21, Kettings is untried at the top level but is seen as a star for the future. The Scotland under-21 international has admitted his move to south London will be “daunting”.

“It’s what dreams are made of, when you’re a kid who gets asked what they want to do, I said I want to play football in the Premier League, and getting that chance is overwhelmingly brilliant,” he said.

“The manager was unbelievable last season, with the run-in in particular. For a newly promoted club, especially considering the position we were in before he came in, it was unbelievable, and I’m sure we’ll be looking to kick on again this season.

“It’s daunting because I’m coming into a club where there are international stars. The familiar faces will be good, I think I’ll settle in fine.”

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2 Responses to Campbell soups up attack as Pulis seeks more signings

  1. Mehster says:

    I’m not convinced about Fraizer Campbell, I don’t doubt he’ll score a few but signing from relegated clubs is always a bit dodgy! That said at 900k it isn’t too much of a risk.

  2. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Couple of weeks to go before the season starts

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