Surely no-one has become a cult hero at Palace quicker than Mamadou Sakho. His eight-game cameo helping the Eagles avoid the drop last season has already gone down in club folklore, and paved the way for his permanent move in the final moments of the summer window. Now, he is ready to do it all again.
Having squeezed onto the Holmesdale Road terracing as a youngster and represented Palace’s youth team, half a century later Roy Hodgson is back in his native south London managing his boyhood team. Here, he talks about his memories of watching the Glaziers in the 1950s, his lengthy career in the game and how he feels about it coming full circle.
It took a lot of money, but Crystal Palace could have hit the jackpot with the signing of Christian Benteke. Goals have followed him wherever he has played, meaning the Selhurst Park faithful can now call one of English football’s deadliest finishers one of their own.
When Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and co are in full flight, Martin Kelly has one of the best views in football. Sat behind the explosive, exciting wingers is a man who is happy to unceremoniously tidy up and give them the ball so he can watch them do their thing, and with two clean sheets in a row and the Eagles flying high in the table, the plan seems to be working to perfection.