Need to know: Crystal Palace

Five things to know about Crystal Palace going into the 2013-14

Premier League season:

SPANISH SIGNING

The arrival of Jose Campana will excite fans of Crystal Palace.

Manager Ian Holloway has used the signing of the Spain under-20

midfielder, who made 20 appearances for Sevilla before signing for

Palace, as a signal that he wants to integrate the passing style

associated with Spanish football into his team. Midfielder Stephen

Dobie joined from Brighton and winger Jerome Thomas signed on a

free transfer following the expiry of his contract with West

Bromwich Albion.

THE RISE OF DWIGHT GAYLE

Palace’s biggest signing of the summer has been Dwight Gayle

from third-tier Peterborough for a reported fee of 6 million pounds

($9.5 million) as Holloway looks to boost his attack in hopes of

leading promoted Palace to league safety. Gayle was playing

semi-professional football until 2012, when he signed for

fourth-tier club Dagenham. A loan to Peterborough, where he scored

13 goals in 29 games, sparked interest from Palace, who signed him

up in July – taking him from semi-pro to Premier League footballer

in a little over a year.

KEVIN PHILLIPS, 40 AND STILL PLAYING

Striker Kevin Phillips remains part of Holloway’s squad going

into the Premier League campaign and will provide an interesting

option for Palace to bring on from the bench if they need of a

goal. The 40-year-old Phillips won’t be able to play 90 minutes

week in, week out but his predatory goal-scoring instinct is

undiminished by time. He scored seven goals in 16 games for Palace

last season, including the penalty that secured promotion in the

playoff final.

NO WILFRIED ZAHA

The biggest loss Palace will face this season is that of

Wilfried Zaha, now a Manchester United player. The pacy winger, who

was arguably the best player for Palace last season, was signed in

January by United but loaned back to Palace for the remainder of

the season while they chased promotion. Now Zaha, a product of a

thriving youth academy at Palace, will be playing to beat his old

team when the two sides face each other at Old Trafford on Sept.

14.

THE CRAZINESS OF IAN HOLLOWAY

Manager Holloway is renowned in English football for his

eccentricity. He is lively on the touchline, shouting instructions

to his team, and gives entertaining answers to media questions

before and after matches. Holloway has managed once in the Premier

League before, with Blackpool, but was unable to save them from

relegation. He will want to make sure that things go better with

Palace.