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First of all, congratulations to Crystal Palace for beating Watford and securing a place in the Premier League next season.

It is not easy to win the play-offs and we have to give them credit for achieving promotion.

Crystal Palace celebrate promotion to Premier League after beating Watford 1-0 at Wembley

Palace celebrate promotion to Premier League after beating Watford 1-0 at Wembley

Unfortunately though, the match between Palace and Watford wasn’t the most exciting match this year and has led many people to question whether Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City have what it takes to retain their position in the Premier League next season. Both teams put in a very nervous performance on Bank Holiday Monday and even the winners on the day could have lost on another day. It took a silly mistake from Marco Cassetti to award Palace a penalty which turned out to be the important goal after extra time.

Kevin Phillips scores Crystal Palace's decisive extra time penalty v Watford

Kevin Phillips scores Crystal Palace’s decisive extra time penalty v Watford

So is there any chance that Palace and the other two promoted teams will manage in the top league next season? With a strong team like Wigan Athletic relegated this season even after beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup, many will say the three new clubs will have absolutely no chance.

There’s also QPR, they had a very strong squad and a two experienced managers but they also couldn’t handle the Premier League. Whilst Reading just weren’t prepared when it came to the beginning of the season. They had a squad of Championship quality players and failed to upgrade in the transfer window.

Let’s have a look at some of the main players at Crystal Palace

Their star player this season, Wilfried Zaha, managed 6 goals and 9 assists but leaves for Manchester United this summer. They will need to find a strong replacement for him this transfer window.

Their top scorer, Glenn Murray, scored 31 goals in 44 appearances for the club. There is interest from various Premier League clubs for him and it is vital that Palace retain him. The club will also hope he has what it takes for the Premier League. When Wolves were promoted in 2009, their squad included the Championship top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Unfortunately he failed to have the same effect in the top league, only scoring two goals.

After Glenn Murray, no player has scored more than 6 goals for the club this season. This makes retaining Murray even more important. If for some reason Murray does leave the club this summer, Palace will have to splash the cash and sign a quality striker who will perform in the Premier League.

Wilfried Zaha agreed to join  Manchester United in January 2013

Wilfried Zaha agreed to join Manchester United in January 2013

At the moment, Crystal Palace doesn’t have a Premier League squad. This transfer window is going to be very important for the club especially as Zaha will no longer play for them next season. They have the money as everyone is aware of the cash rewards of the Play-Off Final so they need to put the money to good use. There are rumours that Zaha may even go back on loan to Palace next season but it seems highly unlikely and I think David Moyes will want to use him in the Manchester United squad next season.

Post written by Elliot Bourdais
Blog: Look into football, Twitter: @LookIntoFoot_

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