Patrick Vieira still has major Crystal Palace problem to contend with as transfer decision looms

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Crystal Palace have the least sustainable squad in the Premier League, according to new figures released by the CIES Football Observatory.

The Sustainable Squad Management (SSM) Index uses data such as players’ age, the length of their stay in the employer club and the duration of their contracts to give each club a rating.

This should then reflect how sustainable a club’s squad is and, compared with other teams, can be an indicator for highlighting different strategies of recruitment and squad management.

Manchester City currently top the Index, with their squad’s average age of 27.1 years coming in slightly lower than the average in the top five European leagues of 27.13.

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City’s players on average have been in the team for much longer (3.32 years vs 2.34) though, and are also on longer contracts (3.32 years vs 2.30) than many of their counterparts.

In the Premier League, Palace are the lowest-ranked team with an Index rating of 27.8 behind Watford (29.2), Norwich (36.5) and Chelsea (48.6).

Interestingly though, the Eagles aren’t in the bottom three for any of the individual rankings of age (28), length of stay (2.8) or average contract length (2.3).



The CIES Football Observatory’s Sustainable Squad Management (SSM) Index Premier League table has Crystal Palace as the worst-ranked team in the division
Crystal Palace have been ranked bottom in the Premier League in the CIES Football Observatory’s Sustainable Squad Management Index

Palace let several first-team players leave Selhurst Park at the end of their contracts last season, with Wayne Hennessey, Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick Van-Aanholt, James McCarthy and Andros Townsend all moving on from the club.

In their place, the Eagles signed several younger players on longer contracts like Marc Guehi (21-years-old, five-year contract), Michael Olise (19-years-old, five-year contract) and Odsonne Edouard (23-years-old, four-year contract).

Despite that, their SSM Index rating suggests there is still work to be done, with a further seven first-team players currently out of contract in June.

Source by Football London

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