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Sport Grading Crystal Palace's transfer window

16:46  10 august  2018
16:46  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Kouyate swaps West Ham for Palace in £9.5m deal

  Kouyate swaps West Ham for Palace in £9.5m deal The Senegal international has signed a four-year contract at Selhurst Park after moving across London from the HammersCrystal Palace have signed Senegal international midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from Premier League rivals West Ham.

The latest on Crystal Palace transfers . Read transfer news and rumours, and get the details on done deals, completed ins and outs, and fees. Man Utd are preparing to make a bid for Harry Maguire before the transfer window closes on Thursday, according to Sky sources.

Crystal Palace . Squad size: 26. Average age: 27,5. Stadium: Selhurst Park 26.047 Seats. Current transfer record: -10,70 Mill. €. Premier League League level: First tier League position: In league since: 6 years.

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Crystal Palace’s transfer window seemed to explode into life with just a couple of weeks left before the deadline, and the Eagles were able to welcome a number of names for Roy Hodgson’s first full season in charge at Selhurst Park.

See how we rated their summer business here:

Arrivals

Veteran goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is welcomed to South London as a free agent, his contract at Getafe running out at the conclusion of last season. The 31-year-old looks to mount an immediate challenge to incumbent gloveman Wayne Hennessey for the spot in the starting XI.

Kouyate swaps West Ham for Palace

  Kouyate swaps West Ham for Palace Crystal Palace confirmed the reported £9.5million deal on Wednesday, with Cheikhou Kouyate arriving on a four-year contract. Kouyate – who featured for Senegal at this year's World Cup – swapped Belgian giants Anderlecht for West Ham in 2014, the 28-year-old scoring 12 goals in 129 appearances for the Hammers."I'm so happy. It's been a long day but now everything is good and I'm very excited to start with my new team-mates," Kouyate told Palace TV."This is the right time to move because I needed a new challenge.

In this week’s podcast Alfonso Greenbrook looks over Palace ' s recent transfer activity which saw Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick Van Aanholt, Luka Milivojević

It doesn’t take a tactical genius, or even Alan Pardew for that matter, to realise where Crystal Palace ’ s shortcomings lay last season. Palace , then, should be a perfect fit. According to WhoScored, Palace delivered the most crosses per game (26) and the second most long balls (74).

Deadline day saw Palace scramble for a Danny Ings loan deal, eventually losing out to Southampton. Instead, Jordan Ayew arrives from Swansea to provide much needed depth across the forward line.

Cheikhou Kouyate makes the trip across the capital from West Ham, with Palace forking out £9.5 for the defensive midfielder.

The marquee signing of the window however came in the form of Max Meyer – the German joining on a free transfer from Schalke. With four Germany caps under his belt, the pedigree of the attacking midfielder is quite something for a 22-year-old. Superb business.

Departures

This section might as well read – ‘NOT WILFRIED ZAHA’. Hanging onto the Ivorian may well make all the difference for Palace this year, as it did last year. Premier League survival is all but assured with the 25-year-old in the team.

Veterans Damien Delaney and Yohan Cabaye both left the club when their contracts expired.

What more could have been done?

The moves Palace did make were intriguing, but were minimal in quantity. A new goalkeeper, holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, and striker all make for decent signings, but a new defender could have perhaps been welcome for depth purposes.

Final Grade: B

Palace’s window was improved drastically by holding on to Zaha, despite concrete interest from Spurs. New signings could have a serious impact from day one, and therefore the powers that be at the club deserve credit.

PODCAST | Summer Transfer Window Review .
In this week’s podcast, I look over Palace’s recent transfer activity which saw Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew all arrive at Selhurst to strengthen the side. This window also saw the departure of Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako, Damien Delaney, Lee Chung-Yong and Diego Cavalieri as they were released, whilst Jarosław Jach left on loan to gain experience. Will these new editions help to strengthen us in the Premier League? Was this a successful transfer window? Will the signings live up to the expectations? All this and more in this week’s e-Crystal Palace Podcast. In addition to this week’s edition of the e-Crystal Palace podcast, I also produced videos showcasing each of Palace’s new signings skills, including their goals and defending. Vicente Guaita Cheikhou Kouyate Max Meyer Jordan Ayew Subscribe to The e-Crystal Palace Podcast for more weekly podcasts and opinion pieces from Palace fans. You can follow e-Crystal Palace on Twitter and Facebook.

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