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Crystal Palace’s 25-man squad for the Premier League was revealed on Tuesday following the closing of the various European transfer windows on Monday, and it included a whopping and unusual five goalkeepers.
New boy Stephen Henderson joined Wayne Hennessey, Vicente Guaita, Joe Tupper and Dion-Curtis Henry in the list of names, 17 of which must be home-grown.
Of course that doesn’t include their U21 players and scholars who are named on a separate list.
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While the Eagles’ summer transfer window may have ended on something of a high following the arrivals of Jordan Ayew – who has already hit some form – Victor Camarasa, James McCarthy and Gary Cahill, the south London outfit didn’t sort out two of their biggest issues with no striker or right-back arriving at SE25.
That caused a huge outburst of frustration from the Selhurst Park faithful on deadline day, although two successive Premier League wins in recent weeks including solid performances from Joel Ward and Ayew may have countered some of that anger – for now, at least.
The announcement does make the addition of Henderson look strange though given Palace had two other 21-year-old keepers available to them, who surely would have provided able back-up to Guaita and Hennessey if called upon.
The inclusion of five stoppers probably wouldn’t have happened if Palace got what they really looked to need during the summer, and while the wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa have been impressive, the latest squad list only goes to emphasise what we already knew.
Ultimately it wasn’t the best of summers, and the Eagles may well have some work to do in the market come 2020.