February 24, 2024

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Steve Parish, Crystal Palace owner looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Plymouth Argyle and Crystal Palace at Home Park on August 29, 2023 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace made four signings during the summer transfer window with varying degrees of success – here is how we rate every summer signing’s season so far.

It has been an inconsistent season so far in the Premier League for Crystal Palace, as they have managed some top wins, but also lost some matches that fans would have wanted them to win.

Plymouth Argyle v Crystal Palace - Carabao Cup Second Round

They are 13th in the division at the moment before the November international break and some may be thinking that a stronger summer transfer window would have seen them sit in the top half instead.

Here is how well the new Crystal Palace signings have performed so far this season in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and in the U21s.

4: Dean Henderson

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Carabao Cup Third Round

Dean Henderson joined the Eagles towards the end of the summer transfer window and the club spent £15m on the goalkeeper. The deal could rise to £20m if add-ons are reached. The move was one which was questioned at the time due to the quality of current number one Sam Johnstone, who has been praised for his fine form this season.

Henderson came in as the number two, with Palace possibly seeing him as the future first choice. Sadly, his career at the South London club started horribly as he suffered an injury in the first half of his debut for the club. It was in the Carabao Cup in September against his former club Manchester United. He is still injured at this current time. The transfer shows future promise but it has not gone well so far.


Rating: 2/10

3: Rob Holding

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Carabao Cup Third Round

It is hard to judge the start of Rob Holding’s Crystal Palace career as everyone knew he was brought in so that the club had stronger cover for Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen. He was signed on transfer deadline day for only £1m, so it was definitely a good bit of business.

He has an abundance of experience in the Premier League with his former club Arsenal. With the quality of our current centre-backs, Holding has struggled for minutes. He has only made one appearance and that was in the Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United.

Rating: 5/10

2: Matheus Franca

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
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Matheus Franca arrival from Flamengo for around £17m, with it possibly rising to around £25m if add-ons are met, via Fabrizio Romano. He is only 19 years-old and arrived with an injury, which has only just seen him enter the fold since October. He has made two appearances in the Premier League this season and showed very promising glimpses away to Newcastle.

Franca has also been playing in the U21s since his return from injury and you can see him starting to become more confident by doing so. Franca is no doubt a player for the future who perhaps has bigger expectations on him due to the fact that he was the only attacking signing the club made this summer despite losing Wilfried Zaha.

Rating: 6/10

1: Jefferson Lerma

Crystal Palace v Everton FC - Premier League

Jefferson Lerma signed on a free transfer from fellow Premier League side AFC Bournemouth and there is no doubting that he has been the best signing of the summer for Palace. The Columbian international has been a rock in midfield, providing good cover for the defence but also being able to offer something in attack. He also helps give Cheick Doucoure and Eberechi Eze more freedom and it was a great signing by the club, especially on a free transfer.

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