A look at the Crystal Palace players who could stake their claim in the upcoming season
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With the arrival of Nathan Ferguson, and the soon-to-be signed Eberechi Eze from QPR, this summer window is going better than predicted.

There is more reason for Crystal Palace fans to be excited, with their young talent proving their class last season through the likes of academy products, Tyrick Mitchell and Brandon Pierrick.

Here, Palace Vavel take a look at the players who still have something to prove in the upcoming season.

  • Tyrick Mitchell

Having played four times for the first-team, Mitchell is quickly establishing himself as the first-choice replacement for Patrick Van Aanholt's position since his injury.

The Dutchman is 29-years-old and he isn't getting any younger. Mitchell is a younger option at the age of 20 and he is proving to be more defensively sound than Van Aanholt, who is known to be shaky at the back but does provide great attacking threat.

The academy graduate had his first big test against Wolves where he nullified the threat of pacy winger Adama Traore, until the second goal where the Spaniards physical stature and acceleration was too much to handle in a 2-0 defeat.

His next test came against Champions League finalist, Lucas Moura, when the Eagles hosted Tottenham Hotspur in their final game of last season. Mitchell completely pocketed Lucas throughout the game and helped his side earn a 1-1 draw.

  • Max Meyer

The young German was a disappointment in his second season in South London. Expectations were very high for the former Schalke man but it didn't seem like he was used to his full potential.

With Eze's move to Palace close to completion, Meyer could be pushed further down the pecking order. With only 19 appearances last season, you can see why fans don't think that Meyer is the right man to fix their final third problems.

The 2020/21 season may be Meyer's last chance to prove that he can still bring an attacking threat and create chances for Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and co. 

Palace fans have been awarded with glimpses of his ability to turn, run at the defence and create something out of nothing. Fans will be hoping to see more of that next season when Meyer is given a chance to prove himself in the right position, just behind the striker.

  • Brandon Pierrick

Pierrick took his opportunity with both hands when he was brought on in Palace's 1-1 draw with Norwich City back in January. 

The 18-year-old replaced Martin Kelly in the 83rd minute, as the Eagles tried to find a way to get back in the game, having conceded early on, courtesy of Todd Cantwell.

The debutant ran at the Canaries' defence and passed the ball to Zaha who was able to fire the ball across the box for Connor Wickham to tap home to earn a crucial point for Palace.

Pierrick did very well to impact the game so quickly after he came on and that can be utilised next season when Palace are struggling to find a goal. He will prove to be a super-sub if Roy Hodgson decides to use him.

  • Jairo Riedewald

The Dutchman was signed during Frank De Boer's short spell at Palace back in July 2017. De Boer gave him his debut at Ajax and he didn't start well during that time and it seems as if he has been frozen out ever since.

However, things are changing for the Europa League finalist as he started to make a claim for a first-team spot again last season. His passing ability and tackle success rate have made him reliable and it gives him the ability to turn defence into attack.

Capable of playing at left-back, centre-back and defensive midfield, Riedewald is versatile and can be played virtually anywhere apart from the wing and upfront.

This provides a great alternative for Hodgson if any of those positions are freed up due to injuries. Riedewald still has a lot to offer and he never seems to let down the team. He is a trusted option for Palace who can always put in a strong performance.

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