Crystal Palace did better business during the summer transfer window than any other London Premier League club, including rivals West Ham, Arsenal, Spurs and loadsamoney Chelsea, according to an independent power ranking published today.
FourFourTwo magazine ranks Palace seventh among all the 20 Premier League clubs, after their £50million-worth of summer signings of Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, Steve Mandanda and Loic Rémy.
Goodness only knows how Palace’s signings might have been regarded had England international midfielder Jack Wilshire not chosen Bournemouth on Deadline Day over Selhurst Park.
The magazine rates moneybags Manchester City – who spent more than £170 million during the transfer window – at the top of its list, ahead of Leicester (yes) and Manchester United, who got Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free and signed Paul Pogba for a world record fee.
The magazine’s rankers don’t address Palace fans’ concerns at their club’s apparent struggles to fill all 25 squad slots for the coming season, nor the absence of cover at full back or in midfield.
But they say, “If £50 million being walloped on Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and James Tomkins is some outlay, getting most of it back by selling three surplus players and Yannick Bolasie is some recompense. Further jetsam came in the form of Emmanuel Adebayor, Marouane Chamakh and Brede Hangeland, who all left as free agents.
“Coming in, Loic Remy could yet flourish, while France international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda – who missed eight league games in nine years at Marseille – is a fantastic signing for a pittance.”
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