Zaha's void still to be filled? Crystal Palace transfer analysis

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Starting the year without the injured Glenn Murray and the departed Wilfried Zaha posed plenty of challenges for Crystal Palace, and they could still use one or two well-judged additions.

Players signed: Kevin Phillips (Blackpool), Jose Campana (Sevilla), Jerome Thomas (West Brom), Dwight Gayle (Peterborough), Stephen Dobbie (Brighton)

Players/positions needed: Another striker is needed at Selhurst Park due to last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray’s long term injury, and they could still be in the market for a new winger after Wilfried Zaha completed his move to Manchester United.

With a tricky first season back in the top flight predicted, Crystal Palace could still move for cover in several other positions as well if the right players become available.

Players missed out on: Palace have been linked to so many players it is hard to say which players they have truly missed out on, but they certainly were keen on Carlton Cole and Dan Gosling at one stage before those moves collapsed, and Arouna Kone was apparently a target before he joined former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton.

Possible outgoings: Ian Holloway has already moved on several player that were deemed surplus to requirements, and the focus will now be on bringing new players in rather than selling anyone.

Budget remaining? With the boost of Premier League income, Palace still have money left to buy players if the right man becomes available, and having only spent around £7-8million so far, they could still double their outlay before the end of the window.

Analysis: Ian Holloway knew that Palace needed significant reinforcements after Zaha left and the extent of Glenn Murray’s injury became clear, but so far Palace’s approach has been a little scattershot.

Dwight Gayle is a risky purchase considering he was playing non-league football less than a year ago, but the 22-year-old could have an important part to play in the absence of Murray.

Jose Campana is also a bit of a gamble, but the 20-year-old is a very exciting signing that could prove a masterstroke if he settles quickly at Selhurst Park.

Palace has divided their business between talented young players and experienced journeyman, as you would expect from a newly-promoted side, and they have done some fine business so far, but they are still short of quality especially in their attack, and have work to do before the start of the new season.

Grade so far: B-

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