Three Crystal Palace first team players surplus to requirements

Crystal Palace's Zeki Fryers and Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi hug after the game

Sam Allardyce will be looking to overhaul Crystal Palace's squad with his first summer transfer window.

Southampton's Jordy Clasie in action with Crystal Palace's Zeki FryersThe only games Zeki Fryers has started for Palace have been in cup competitions

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce likely isn’t thinking about the summer yet, with their Premier League status not quite secured, even if it is edging closer to safety.

But, sooner or later, he will have to, and with this his first summer at the club he’ll have a proper opportunity to mold the squad into his own.

With that in mind, here are three first team players who look surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and would be worth getting off the wage bill.

Steve Mandanda

With many fans unconvinced by Wanye Hennessey and Julian Speroni turning 38 next month the Eagles should be looking to improve between the sticks this summer, but that likely won’t involve Mandanda.

The fit-again Frenchman isn’t even in Palace’s matchday squads at the minute and signing him on a free, which looked at the time like a bargain, hasn’t turned out so. On top of that, Hennessey's performances have improved significantly in recent weeks.

Crystal Palace's Steve MandandaIn nine Premier League appearances, Steve Mandanda hasn't kept a clean sheet

Zeki Fryers

That he hasn’t made a single Premier League start despite Pape Souare’s injury says it all, as does Sam Allardyce’s decision to buy a new left-back in Patrick van Aanholt.

He’s out of contract at the end of the season and won’t be missed.

Bakary Sako

Wolves' Bakary Sako celebrates scoring their second goalBakary Sako hasn't lived up to the reputation he made for himself at Wolves

Unless the Eagles lose one of their wingers – which isn’t out of the question given the speculation over Wilfried Zaha’s future – or drop down to the Championship, Sako seems surplus to requirements.

He’s struggled for regular game-time under successive managers and is yet to show he can do it in the top flight.

Assuming he’s not satisfied being an occasional substitute and a cup player, moving him on would seem best for all concerned.

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