Tony Pulis has been at the Crystal Palace helm for almost ten months now and in that time he's spent a considerable number of hours crafting his magic in the transfer market, writes Dan Gibbs. In January it felt like Palace fans had their own private deadline day with the club announcing an impressive five deadline day signings, making them the busiest domestic club on 31stJanuary, along with Fulham and QPR. So far the summer hasn't been as exciting for Palace fans but don't panic yet as there's still plenty of time. Let's take a look at how these signings have settled into their first season at SE25. Tom Ince A target that had long been on the club's agenda, along with several others, finally put pen to paper and signed on a season's long loan to the delight of Palace fans. The winger boosted Palace's attacking threat going forward but his place wasn't cemented within the starting 11, with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon of similar ability preferred. Ince scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over West Brom but failed to add any more too his tally, making just seven more appearances. The youngster will now play against Palace next season for Steve Bruce's Hull City side. Joe Ledley Signing a player of Joe Ledley's ability, a Welsh International, and two-time SPL winner for Celtic, is something Palace would have only dreamt about a couple of seasons back. The 27-year-old who enjoyed six successful years at Cardiff may not have been too well known to some fans but he will be now. Another scorer on his debut against West Brom, people may have been confused to why he was playing left-back when on paper he is a centre midfielder, but nevertheless he put in a faultless performance. Ledley, found himself playing as a regular throughout the season alongside captain Mile Jedinak in a partnership that has been working well with Kagisho Dikgacoi becoming the victim of the newcomer. His defensive abilities and man-marking has impressed most, but there have been sparks of what he can do going forward. An exciting player, who will only get better with time at the club. Scott Dann The third debutant in the West Brom match was 6ft 5in centre-back Scott Dann, signed from Blackburn Rovers on a three-and-a-half year deal. Danny Gabbidon was unlucky to lose his place to the new signing, having not done much wrong at the start of the season and his partnership with Damien Delaney working well. Perhaps, Pulis was looking for a change of partnership and it has paid off with a string of clean sheets. Jason Puncheon Signed at the start of the season on a season-long loan from Southampton, Puncheon signed a four-and-a-half year deal on deadline day back in January. Mixed opinions still divide the Palace faithful on him, with some being impressed by his gift of technical ball skills at his feet and his eye for goal which saw him score seven goals in the league. Whilst others, see him as a poor replacement for Wilfried Zaha, which is unfair on the player and see that he gives the ball away too often. Puncheon didn't do himself any favours with his critics after that woeful penalty at Spurs either. The ability is there with Puncheon, he just lacks consistency. Wayne Hennessey Having spent eight seasons with Wolves and notching up a string of impressive performances for his national side, the Welshman attracted the attention of Tony Pulis, signing a three-and-half year deal for a reported £3m in January. The 27-year-old made just one appearance for Palace last season but has featured in preseason. Hennessey is a signing that has been made to boost the goalkeeping options available and his time will come in a year or two. There's just one problem. He's competing for a place with Palace legend Julian Speroni. His time will come, though. Fraizer Campbell The highly rated goalscorer is Palace's only summer signing so far (along with Chamakh's contract extension) but one that will be a welcomed addition to our squad. Campbell notched up nine goals for Cardiff last season and will hope to improve upon that record this season. He should get plenty of opportunities with balls into the box from our wingers and a partnership with Chamakh or Glenn Murray could blossom nicely. And there we have it; the January signings that played a huge part in keeping Palace up last year and the new signing that could make a big contribution this season. Whatever happens this year, so long as Pulis's signing's remain injury free and get match time, they'll all have very successful careers at Crystal Palace Football Club.
More Pages to Explore .....