Five Crystal Palace players who have had terrible seasons

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend looks dejected

The Eagles are staring Premier League relegation in the face, and these players haven't helped matters.

Crystal Palace fans look dejectedCrystal Palace fans look dejected

With 13 games to go, matters look very bleak for Crystal Palace, who sit 19th in the Premier League with just five wins from 25 games.

Manager Sam Allardyce certainly has his work cut out if he is to prevent the Eagles returning to the Championship since promotion in 2013, but maybe leaving these five players out may help.

Andros Townsend

Even with Ian Holloway's transfer dealings, where he effectively shoved anyone and everyone into a big shopping trolley and hit the checkouts, Townsend is one of the worst Premier League signings Palace have made.

The one dimensional winger, who has just one goal and two assists in 24 matches, has often looked disinterested at Selhurst Park, which isn't what you need when the going gets tough. Palace would be wise to get rid.

Crystal Palace's Steve MandandaCrystal Palace's Steve Mandanda

Steve Mandanda

This is more of a disappointment rather than just an inclusion on bad form, as Mandanda's injuries have seen his first team action very limited at a time where Palace could do with his services.

That said, when Mandanda has played, he hasn't adapted to the rough and tumble of the Premier League as quickly as Palace fans would have hoped, leaving a few thankful for Wayne Hennessey returning.

Mathieu Flamini

It's become very apparent to Palace fans just why Arsenal thought Flamini was expendable, with the 32-year-old showing in his seven appearances that he's over the hill.

Off the pace, incredibly late with his tackling and seemingly unable to win a header, it's fair to say that this season has been one to forget for Flamini, who may seek to find a slower league to retire in.

Southampton's Shane Long fouled by Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly for a penaltySouthampton's Shane Long fouled by Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly for a penalty

Martin Kelly

Admittedly, Kelly's inclusion is more down to former boss Alan Pardew's inability to buy a left back in the summer, as while the former Liverpool man can play there, it's not his preferred position.

That's been very evident in Palace's matches this season, with Kelly massively struggling on the left side. The arrivals of Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp should put an end to Kelly playing left back, but damage has already been done.

Joe Ledley

It's a shame to include Ledley in this list, as he's usually so dependable for the Eagles, but that seems to have changed with a series of underwhelming performances this season.

Whether it's a case of not fully recovering from the broken leg he suffered towards the end of last season, as Ledley rushed his recovery to play for Wales at Euro 2016, or just a case of getting older remains unclear, but Ledley's form is cause for concern.  

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