Palace finished just a point and one place below Newcastle in the Premier League last season.
But after a summer of smart investment, and the guidance of a new head coach in the form of Patrick Viera, the Eagles are flying high this term. They look a completely different prospect to the side that have struggled at the wrong end of the table in the past few years.
Palace’s impressive evolution in such a short space of time can be the perfect blueprint for Newcastle’s new hierarchy ahead of the January transfer window.
After years of operating on a meagre budget, it’s clear this squad is in need of major renovation.
But, that doesn’t mean January should be an all-out splurge – and Saturday’s opponents are the perfect example of that.
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