Crystal Palace report card, 2020/21 season: Next manager must build on the stability brought by Roy Hodgson

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 (Offside via Getty Images)
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Roy Hodgson bowed out at Crystal Palace after guiding the Eagles to a mid-table finish that means next season they will play in the Premier League for a record eighth straight year.

Jack Rosser assesses the 2020-21 campaign at Selhurst Park.

The season in one word | Steady

Star of the show | Cheikhou Kouyate

Eberechi Eze has impressed in his first season in the Premier League but Kouyate has gone above and beyond. The midfielder was dropped into the back four early in the season and has been one of the most consistent performers.

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Biggest let down | Michy Batshuayi

After a successful six months on loan in 2019, the Belgian was brought back in from Chelsea to add some bit to Palace's forward line but fell short with limited chances and just two goals.

Most improved player | Christian Benteke

The Belgian striker has suffered some hard times at Palace. Questions were raised when a new one-year deal was handed out last season, but Benteke has worked tirelessly for the side, scored that memorable late winner at Brighton and ended the season with xxx goals.

Game to remember | Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace (22/2/21)

The ultimate smash a grab. A game that will be well remembered as one of the highlights of Hodgson's tenure and one of Benteke's finest moments at the club.

Game to forget | Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool (19/12/20)

A day to forget for all in south London. Liverpool, who were then top of the Premier League, ran riot at Selhurst Park as the hosts failed to contain wave after wave of attack.

Sebastian Frej for CPFC
Sebastian Frej for CPFC

Rising star | Tyrick Mitchell

With Patrick van Aanholt set to depart this summer, academy graduate Mitchell has established himself as first choice left-back despite a battle with injury. The youngster even added his first senior goal in the win over Aston Villa.

Manager verdict

Once again, Hodgson has done exactly what was asked of him.

There have been frustrations over a lack of ambition at times this season, but with the oldest squad in the Premier League, injury woes and the most chaotic schedule of any Premier League campaign the veteran manager has delivered once more. His tenure may well become more impressive with every year that passes.

Fans’ mood

There has been plenty of frustration among the fans at times this season, though it's always hard to judge the feeling off social media alone. Ultras hit out at the club and board for a lack of ambition with a banner hung outside the training ground in February.

As it became clearer that Hodgson would leave and a new direction be taken, the mood calmed and the Palace manager was given a fine send off against Arsenal last week.

Grade | C

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