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Just How Far Can Glasner Take Crystal Palace?

There is no doubt that Crystal Palace’s season revived itself once they let Roy Hodgson go. The former England manager had a talented squad at his disposal, but could not seem to make it work, and eventually, the Palace board decided to change direction.

They decided to bring in Oliver Glasner, the Eintracht Frankfurt manager, and he certainly hit the ground running. A 3-0 win in his opening game against a relegation threatened Burnley side got him off to the perfect start, and things got even better from there, as Glasner ended Liverpool’s 29-game unbeaten run, in his first Premier League away game, beating Liverpool 1-0.

Since Glasner took charge, Palace were on the up. They ended the season with six wins from their last seven games and recorded their highest ever points tally in the Premier League, despite being threatened by relegation for most of the season, and only Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City took more points than Crystal Palace from the day Glasner took the job.

These stats alone show what an amazing job he has done. Yes, he already had players at his disposal like Olise, Eze, Edouard and Mateta, but they were all low on confidence. Glasner came in and allowed them to play the free flowing, attacking football that suited the side so much.

Adam Wharton would have been dreaming about an England call up for the Euros, but Glasner’s style of play has made that a possibility, with the uncapped midfielder selected in Southgate’s preliminary squad, alongside another shock inclusion, Eberechi Eze.

With the squad on a high from being selected for international duty, and the team playing attractive and effective football, how far can Palace go under Glasner? All you have to do is take a look at their end of season form for that answer.

It could be argued that once they were safe, they were under no pressure and could play this risky style of football without consequence, but every manager wants to win football matches no matter what.

After Palace ended Liverpool’s 29-game unbeaten run, courtesy of a sole Eze strike, they went on to thrash West Ham 5-2 at home and then proceeded to beat Newcastle at home 2-0.

They stumbled away against Fulham, but a late Schlupp goal salvaged a 1-1 draw, before an extremely impressive 4-0 win at home against Manchester United. Even with all of Man United’s defensive injuries leading up to this game, it is still an impressive scoreline.

Palace then added more gloss onto the end of their season, beating Wolves away 3-1, before routing European hopefuls Aston Villa, 5-0 at home.

This end of season form sets them up perfectly for the 24-25 season and provides them with a baseline of what their performances should be like week in week out.

With only 3 teams picking up more points than them since Glasner’s arrival, is a top 4 spot out of the question next season? Realistically, yes it is, but there is no reason they could not finish in the top 6 instead.

With Liverpool and Chelsea changing managers, Man United unsure whether to stick or twist with Ten Haag, Aston Villa competing in Europe, a massive falloff from Spurs at the back end of the season and Newcastle struggling throughout the season, it sets Palace up nicely for a good season next year, only if they can capitalise on other clubs uncertainties.

Palace will have their own uncertainties going into next season as well. The first, being whether Glasner will be snapped up by a bigger club. Bayern Munich have already enquired about him, before being priced out of his services and going for Vincent Kompany instead, but there are plenty of other big clubs out there that could take a chance on the Austrian.

This is not the only issue Palace may face going into next season. Due to the form of Olise and Eze, both are the subject of transfer rumours, with clubs supposedly being interested in the pair.

It would be a massive loss if Palace were to lose either of these players, let alone both, but with their recruitment strategy, they should find some decent replacements. Even if they do find replacements, will they be able to fill the void these players would leave?

Although not rumoured so far, Adam Wharton could become another player subject to transfer rumours, with his performances in the second half of the season catching the eye of many, including Gareth Southgate. It will be interesting to see if any clubs enquire about his services despite him only being at the club for a few months.

Success for Palace next season all depends on whether they can keep hold of their star players, and whether they can add more quality to their first team or not. If they can, then Glasner could surprise a few next season, especially if his attractive brand of football shoots Palace up the league.

It looks like Palace will easily break their record points total next season, and that should be the minimum target for them. A finish in the top half of the table would be a welcome sight too, but there should be no reason why they cannot have hope for a European spot as well.

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