Season Review: all in all, has it been a successful campaign?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on May 26, 2016
There has been much debate over whether the 2015/16 season represented a success for Palace; with just 2 Premier League wins in 2016 some would suggest perhaps not. However, it is easy to forget that on Christmas Day Palace had accumulated 29 points out of a possible 51, the same amount as 4th placed Tottenham and 5th placed Manchester United.
Nevertheless, the next 4 months would produce just 3 points out of a possible 33. At the end of March Palace sat just 7 points above the drop zone and it was hard to see where the next win was coming from. The one question on everybody’s mind is ‘how did our season go so badly?’
The answer is… I don’t really know, different people have different views on what went wrong but it is all just speculation. Some blame Pardew, most blame Pardew; however it is undeniable that the players must take some responsibility. Whether it was down to the cup run, not having anything to play for in the league, lack of motivation, fatigue or just a typical Pardew stint, I guess we will never quite know for sure.
I find it hard to get my head around the fact that we won every cup game put in front of us, without the need for a penalties or even a replay. We managed to beat 4 respectable Premier League teams in Southampton, Stoke, Spurs and Watford, only one of those fixtures was at Selhurst, yet only managed 3 draws in 12 games. We even managed to lose to ASTON VILLA!!!
I’m pretty sure that the great FA Cup run was the only thing that kept Pardew employed, Steve Parish would not have wanted to sack Pardew but there is only so long you can defend a manager, as I found out. I am and always have been strongly Pardew in, however a few times last season I found it very hard to find an excuse for him.
Last summer, we did decent business; Cabaye came in for a club record fee, big money was spent on Wickham and Bakary Sako joined for free. However, it is hard to emphasize just how big this summer is; with the new TV deal coming in and each club receiving £100 million the Premier League will be more competitive than ever before. A lack of investment into the squad will see us relegated, I’m pretty sure of that. Last season our squad showed us that we have problems; there just isn’t enough depth there. When McArthur got a long term injury we struggled, when Bolasie got a long term injury we struggled. Wickham was very prone and we struggled to score goals. In another season that could have proved costly. Pardew needs to learn his lesson from that, it is easy for him to say that the players did not perform in those 4 barren months, however his January business did us no favours at all. Look at Norwich, fair play they went down, however when they identified that they needed a goalscorer they spent £8 million on Naismith, meanwhile we spent nothing on Adebayor; a player which can now successfully be classed as a flop.
The way I see it is that we remain a Premier League club; the longest spell we have had in the top flight. We have been to an FA Cup final; only the second one we have ever reached. We have made £72 million in 9 months; not too bad for less than a years’ worth of work. If that does not constitute as success I’m not too sure what does.