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GEOFF THOMAS: Life is never dull at Crystal Palace

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IN HIS latest column, Crystal Palace legend GEOFF THOMAS assesses the club's transfer deadline day business...

IT CERTAINLY hasn't been boring at Crystal Palace this week, has it?

With Neil Warnock coming back and getting a good start up at Newcastle, and a few new signings, there is plenty to be positive about.

Neil was very successful when he was at the club last time around and he is a very honest guy. Some might say he is an old school manager but while I have never been in his camp as a player, the people I know who have worked with him have enjoyed their time with him.

I think he has done well too since he has come in. Bringing Wilfried Zaha back is the big one and supporters must be looking at that as great business.

I think it has been a year wasted for him and perhaps it was too big a jump or a year too early for him. I am glad he is back though because he is an impact player. He could go 80 minutes without being noticed and then do something special or break a deadlock – what the Premier League is all about.

Kevin Doyle is an interesting one too and I have seen him play at Wolves. You know what you are going to get from him – he has good strength and can be an old-fashioned target man, but he will work well with what Palace have got already.

I like James McArthur too and he is a quality player who has done a great job at Wigan.

I don't know too much about Zeki Fryers, but I think Palace have done great business on deadline day and they are looking a stronger outfit now than they were before.

Bringing Andy Johnson back too is something that the supporters will love because he is a hero.

Now, Neil has the international break to work with the players and the big difference is the result at Newcastle.

If it had been a bad result, it would be difficult but the result and the spirit they showed to come back will mean that Neil and the players will be chomping at the bit to get going again.

GEOFF THOMAS: Life is never dull at Crystal Palace


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