Grading Crystal Palace summer signings: Cabaye gets A, McCarthy B

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Crystal Palace signed Yohan Cabaye, Alex McCarthy, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako and Patrick Bamford in the summer transfer window.

Yohan Cabaye - A

Former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has regained his confidence since joining Crystal Palace from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window.

The France international struggled for playing time at PSG, but the former Newcastle star is one of the first names on Alan Pardew’s teamsheet at Palace.

The 29-year-old has scored three goals and created 10 chances in eight league appearances for the Eagles.

Cabaye’s intelligence and distribution from midfield have been key to Palace’s success so far this campaign.

Alex McCarthy - B

Alex McCarthy has not kept a clean sheet in six Premier League appearances for Palace, but he has played well in goal.

The former Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper has made 4.17 saves per game and 5 saves per goal on average, although but he has conceded 1.17 goals per match on average.

Connor Wickham - C

It is hard to judge Connor Wickham’s performances for Palace, as the former Sunderland attacker has played just three times in the Premier League for the Eagles.

The 22-year-old is a very talented young footballer, but he has not been able to show his quality for the London outfit.

Perhaps as the season progresses, Wickham, who can play as a striker or as a winger, will get more playing time and chances to show what he is capable of.

Bakary Sako - A-

Bakary Sako was playing in the Championship just a few months ago, but he looks every bit a Premier League player now.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers star, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, has already established himself in Palace’s starting lineup.

Sako has scored two goals and created five chances in five league matches. The Mali international is only going to get better as the season progresses.

Patrick Bamford - N/A

Patrick Bamford joined Palace on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old forward scored 16 goals and created 28 chances in 40 appearances in the Championship for Middlesbrough last season.

The Englishman is expected to take his game to a new level this campaign, but he is struggling to get into the Palace lineup at the moment.

Bamford has played just 22 minutes of Premier League football for the Eagles so far, and it would be harsh to judge him right now.

The question is why Pardew is not using Bamford more often.

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