Crystal Palace have excelled during the 2019/20 campaign so far, as they currently sit just six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table.
However, when the summer transfer window comes around, Roy Hodgson will be keen to ensure that the Eagles don’t rest on their laurels when it comes to the 2020/21 season.
Therefore, they will be aiming to bring in some new faces, as well as keeping the big-hitters that are already at the club.
With this in mind, FFC has predicted the starting XI that Hodgson may use next season in order to get the best of of the campaign.
There are only five teams who have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Palace this season, so there is no need for the spine of their defence to change. Considering this, Vicente Guaita, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann take up their place in the side.
However, there is a need for the squad’s average age of 29.2 to be reduced, and that can be helped in the transfer window, especially with signings in the full-back areas.
He features on the left in this lineup, as the Eagles have also been linked with River Plate’s 23-year-old right-back Gonzalo Montiel, by Ole.
The midfield goes unchanged, with Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur all keeping their place.
One person Palace will likely be desperate to keep is their talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha. There is a chance he could stay at Selhurst Park, with The Times for example reporting that it is unlikely Everton will reignite their 2019 summer interest in the Ivory Coast international.
Jordan Ayew features on the right flank, having recorded eight goals and an assist in the Premier League so far this term.
Palace’s third signing included in this lineup is CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, who is a target according to The Daily Star. FFC writers aren’t entirely sure about whether this would be a smart move, but the 21-year-old Russia international could be signed after recording six goals and six assists in all competitions.