The Eagles boss believes this summer’s arrivals have taken the club to a whole new level ahead of their match against Everton.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has said the side needed change after their FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United last season and praised the quality of their summer signings in an interview with Sky Sports.

With a dramatic last minute 3-2 win over Sunderland last week courtesy of record signing Christian Benteke, The Eagles are up to seventh in the Premier League ahead of Friday’s showdown with Everton at Goodison Park.

But after enjoying a similar start last season, Palace went into a downhill spiral winning just two league games in their last 21 and ended up in 15th place, something which no doubt played on the mind of Pardew ahead of the new campaign.

A cup final in May was the bright spot in an otherwise hugely underwhelming season which saw The Eagles touted as potential Europa League competitors, but speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Everton game, the former Newcastle manager knew something had to give following their slide and new signings were a priority.

“As a manager, you sometimes know when’s the right time for change and this summer was definitely it,” he said.

“With the backing of the chairman and new owner we have done that and have gone up a level I hope. We needed more strings to our bow…We are now more fluid.”

As well as Benteke, Andros Townsend, Steve Mandanda, James Tomkins and injured loanee Loic Remy have all arrived at Selhurst Park with the view to strengthening Pardew’s squad for a top-half finish, which they will feel should be achievable. 

With Dwight Gayle, the club’s top scorer with seven goals last season, departing for Newcastle a lack of goals was certainly a major factor in their alarming dip in form.

But, with Benteke at the helm, Palace seem to have the top-class centre forward they have been lacking for so long.

But with three league wins in a row behind them, Pardew is adamant that there is a better season ahead for the club and insists a top-half finish is achievable despite the competitive nature of the division.

He added: “We are all chasing the top 10 positions. I think we can chase one of them down, you need momentum, you need to stay injury free, and when you put that combination together you only have to look at Leicester to say anything is achievable.

“We are trying and we have a good squad, good belief, good staff, great chairman, and what doesn’t get mentioned is the fans. The stadium provides a terrific atmosphere and away from home they are brilliant. We have a lot of things going on that are brilliant, we just need the team to win more.”

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