This summer could well be one of the busiest and most crucial periods of Crystal Palace’s modern history.
The capital club are still attempting to move on from the departure of Roy Hodgson following a relatively successful four-year stint at the helm.
Several big names have been linked with replacing the former England boss at Selhurst Park, but Frank Lampard is a candidate believed to be high up on the Eagles’ wish list after talks with Nuno Santo proved unsuccessful.
A huge task awaits whoever fills the vacancy in south London, as over a dozen first-team players are set to become free agents at the end of the month.
That means the new boss will have to oversee a mass overhaul of the playing squad while working on a limited budget.
With that in mind, if he did take the job, how could Lampard’s starting XI look next season once the summer transfer window has concluded?
Here’s our prediction…
Spanish shot-stopper Vicente Guaita has hardly put a foot, or a glove, wrong since establishing himself as the Palace No.1 two-and-a-half years ago, meaning he is almost guaranteed to resume his place between the sticks no matter who arrives at Selhurst Park.
The defence is likely to have a largely different look to it following the departures of several experienced stars this summer.
Chelsea youngster Marc Guehi has been linked with a move from west to south London in recent weeks following a successful loan spell at Swansea City, and he is likely to cost in the region of £15 million, given Chelsea’s reported valuation.
Current Eagles players Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne may occupy the full-back positions if Lampard arrives, although the former Blues boss would have to extend Clyne’s contract first.
In midfield, experienced duo Luka Milivojevic and Cheikhou Kouyate could partner England Under-21 international Conor Gallagher.
Key man Wilfried Zaha has left the door open to a £40m move away from his boyhood club, with chairman Steve Parish refusing to rule his exit out.
Therefore, Zaha’s departure looks more likely than ever, and Eberechi Eze’s injury means Lampard would have to deal without the creative attacker until the New Year.
However, their absences would allow January signing Jean-Philippe Mateta a chance to shine in the front three, while Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga, both linked with Palace, could bolster the Palace attack in £20m and £34m moves, respectively.