Crystal Palace – The Kings of South London

Crystal Palace have started this season’s Premier League convincingly. Many might have predicted this given their promising form last season under Alan Pardew.

Since his appointment, the Eagles can boast of a 60% win rate, that’s a good win rate for a top top side.

Palace are bringing in top four players as well, most notably Yohan Cabaye from PSG. The Frenchman has been pivotal to everything that has been good about Crystal Palace so far this season. There is a lot of cause for optimism at Selhurst Park at the moment, although the heroics of Tony Pulis should not go unnoticed when crediting Crystal Palace.

Tony Pulis was appointed Palace manager in 2014. It seemed like an impossible job to keep Palace in the Premier League, but he did it, and two seasons later we are talking about them as possible top four contenders.

Ever since Alan Pardew took over Crystal Palace they have looked every bit a Premier League team. However, there is one distinct difference between the Eagles and the other emerging teams in English football – they are based in London.

The best players want to spend their high wages in the best cities, there’s a new wave of football culture, and London is at the centre of it. Footballers are celebrities, and like most celebrities, the place to be is the capital.

This is also representative of the decline of football in the northern cities, epitomised by the current crisis in Newcastle and Sunderland respectively. Who’s to say that in 50 years time the Premier League won’t break off into two separate leagues; the north and the south, or even worse the north will have to join the Scottish football league.

Of course Man United and Man City are still desirable to foreign players, largely due to the wages they are willing to pay. Liverpool on the other hand is a different story. The age of the Premier League and foreign imports has completely coincided with their downfall. Alexis Sanchez snubbing Liverpool for Arsenal tells the whole story in Merseyside at the moment.

Crystal Palace are the team to watch out for. South-London is becoming more gentrified by the year, and Crystal Palace symbolise that. Their clever ownership and shrewd acquisitions has put them in a very strong position going forward.

However, unlike Newcastle, Liverpool and Sunderland, they don’t have to sell their best players, because they are already right where they want to be, in the capital city.

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