4-2-3-1: Potential Crystal Palace XI with up to four new signings

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace have been busy in the transfer market this summer.

As displayed by the graphic above, Crystal Palace could start the season playing an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation with as many as four new faces in their starting eleven.

The Eagles endured a tough second half to the season last term, slipping dangerously towards the relegation zone following a disastrous run of form largely as a result of their lack of goals.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

The injury to Yannick Bolasie hit them hard, and his absence underlined Palace’s major weakness as a lack of quality in reserve in the final third meant outcoring the opposition became all the more difficult.

Alan Pardew seemingly recognised this fault, and thus far he has made two permanent additions with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda joining the club and Andros Townsend arriving from Newcastle United.

The South London club had heavy competition for the England international due to his fine form for the Mapies at the end of last season, but they ultimately won the race after triggering his release clause.

Andros Townsend scores the first goal for Newcastle

It remains to be seen whether Mandanda is a step up on Wayne Hennessey, yet there is no doubts that Townsend will become a first-team regular which could see Wilfried Zaha move inside.

According to the latest reports in Sky Sports, Palace are closing in on a deal to sigh Liverpool’s Christian Benteke - a player who would thrive from the wide play provided by Townsend and Bolasie.

The Belgium international would be a terrific coup for Alan Pardew’s side, though he may come at a cost as the Reds look to recoup most of the £32.5 million spent on buying him from Aston Villa 12 months ago.

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

Another potential arrival is West Ham United defender James Tomkins, with Sky Sports highlighting how the centre-back hasn’t gone on tour with the Hammers as he closes in on a move to Selhurst Park.

Tomkins will replace the ageing Damien Delaney at the back should he move to South London, and it’ a deal which would make plenty of sense as he would surely become a first-team regular with the Eagles.

West Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans at full time

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