It's safe to say that the first half of the 2019/20 season has been one which has bought an array of mixed emotions for all connected at Selhurst Park.

The summer window came and few players were signed, leaving fans worried about the season ahead. Injuries haven't helped, with Roy unable to use his strongest XI for most of the season. However, the players on the strings have battled hard and this added with Jordan Ayew's impressive start to the season see Palace currently in 9th position midway through the January transfer window. Here are the player ratings for players who have featured enough for Crystal Palace so far this season.

Vicente Guaita

The Spaniard has continued his fine form after his maiden season in the league and is a major factor as to why Palace are in the top half of the table. Countless world class saves including most recently his double save against Arsenal emphasise how lucky we are to have him between the sticks. 10/10

Joel Ward

Many feared when there were no new fullbacks signed in the transfer window but Joel Ward showed why he was the number one choice for so many years. He hasn't really put a foot wrong whilst always giving 110% and has also scored this season. Injury has left him out for months and a natural right back is being missed at Palace at the moment. 7/10

Martin Kelly

We all know that Kelly has had some great performances for the Eagles at centre-back and there were some stand out games when he was paired alongside Gary Cahill whilst Sakho and Tomkins were out due to injury. However due to Ward's injury, he has had to slot in at right back, a position where in my opinion he has looked uncomfortable. He has had to play the majority of games this season and looked tired over the Christmas period which has emphasised the need for more depth in the fullback position. 6/10

Gary Cahill

Even though it is near the end of his career, to get a player of Cahill's calibre on a free was a great coup. He has been a crucial player this season due to our many injuries and most of his performances have shown world class quality. Cahill has also had a minor injury himself but came back against Arsenal recently and grew into the game. His qualities as a leader really helps the squad and it shows when he plays. 7/10

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho's season has been plagued with injuries from the start and he has only featured eight times this season. One of these appearances, the 4-0 thrashing we received against Spurs, he was clearly not ready but got drafted in due to injuries. He recently pulled his hamstring against Norwich and will face a lengthy spell away from the pitch. His performances this season have not been great, probably due to his injuries. 5/10


James Tomkins

In my opinion, Tomkins has been the standout defender this season. He has been solid and has even chipped in with a crucial goal against Southampton. He was also given the captains armband against Arsenal, a reward for his great performances this season. 8/10

Jairo Riedewald

After being out of the side for most of his career in South London, Jairo was drafted in at left back whilst PVA has been injured and has proven many wrong with his great performances, both whilst defending and whilst attacking. He was given Man of the Match by fans against Arsenal in our last fixture and there are calls for him to be in our strongest side when everyone is fully fit. 8/10

Patrick Van Aanholt

Everyone at Palace knows that PVA is a better attacker than he is defender and the leftback has scored twice for us this season but has been caught out a couple of times defensively. He links up well down the left with Zaha and his season has been similar to the couple he has had at the club, consistently OK. 6/10

Luka Milivojevic

As you would expect from our captain, Luka has featured the most for the Eagles this season. He hasn't been at his best this season and looked tired over December. This was emphasised after his silly red card against Derby. However the lack of a set piece taker in his absence was one of the things we missed last weekend, and the three game suspension might give the Serbian the break he needs to be back to his best. 6/10

Cheikou Kouyate

Kouyate adds a strength and physicality to our midfield that neither of the other centre midfielders have, and he has been a crucial asset in our first team this season. He has even been strong in defence and managed to get his first goal for the club against his former team West Ham. 7/10

James McArthur

When we play our strongest team, McArthur plays as our most attacking midfielder. He is a vital player in our team defensively also and when he is missing there seems to be a struggle in transition from midfield to attack. Hopefully he can contribute with some goals which he normally has the last couple of seasons. 7/10

James McCarthy

McCarthy was brought in as cover but has had to fill in 15 times over this season. There's no denying his passion and commitment but for me the quality isn't there. He is good squad depth and I wouldn't let him go anywhere this January like numerous 'sources' are saying we will. 5/10

Max Meyer

Rating Meyer's season is difficult because he only plays when we have injuries and normally this has meant that he is playing on the wing which as many like to point out is not his natural position. He was unlucky to have his goal disallowed against Southampton but for me I would like to see more from him because I rated him highly when he played for Schalke. 5/10

Jeffrey Schlupp

For me Schlupp consistently performs well. The two goals he has scored this season were crucial, especially the one versus Bournemouth. He is a good versatile player and has been the answer to our problems when we have had them. Sadly his injury is long term but hopefully he will come back better than ever. 6/10

Andros Townsend

Townsend didn't have the greatest start to the season and was even dropped by Hodsgon for a small period. However his defensive workrate has been hugely missed whilst he has been injured and he was starting to get back into form. His return sooner rather than later would be great but he needs to contribute more goals and assists than he did in his first 14 appearances. 5/10

Wilfried Zaha

It's getting harder and harder for Wilf to excel in a team that heavily relies on him to be our attacking outlet. Teams realise this and put two possibly three players on him when he receives the ball. He hasn't had the best season so far and I think injury has affected his last few performances. We all know Wilf can do better and I have no doubt that he will improve for us over the second half of this season. 6/10

Christian Benteke

Benteke is now rightfully so our substitute striker now after being dropped at the start of the season. His performances showed minor promise like his impact against Man City which produced a great save from Ederson but it's sad to say that we clearly don't have the Benteke who excelled in his first season under us. If he does return to Villa, I would wish him all the best. 4/10

Conor Wickham

Wickham has only played four times in the League this season but has managed to grab a crucial goal against Norwich and an assist. The problem has always been his injuries, but it is good to see he has remained fit for the last month and for me is a good asset to bring off the bench if needed. 6/10

Jordan Ayew

It was good to sign Ayew for £2.5 million in the summer, but no one believed it would be the bargain of the season. Ayew has taken the number 9 and truly made it his this season. He has held the ball up well, linked well with other players and scored crucial goals for us this season. He also most definitely scored our goal of the season in the last minute against West Ham on boxing day. 10/10

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