FM17: Crystal Palace Squad Player Ratings Breakdown

Here’s the Crystal Palace team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

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A lowly transfer budget doesn’t give you much freedom so you’ll have to finance your own deals if you want to make any. Defence will be your key concern as Palace are quite short of decent defenders. Christian Benteke is your key man in the squad and he will lead your line in attack. Just a word, though, that the big Belgian is only effective when you play the right tactics as he’s primarily a target man. So if you want to keep him, make sure you build your team around him. For example, signing pacey wingers with good crossing attributes.

Crystal Palace’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £10,675,000

Wage budget: £1,413,390


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey 3 3 29 Wales £6.5m
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda 4 4 31 France £14m

No need for goalkeeping changes as Mandanda, at 31, won’t begin declining for some years yet.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Joel Ward 3.5 3.5 26 England £10m
Defender James Tomkins 3.5 3.5 27 England £10m
Defender Martin Kelly 3 3 26 England £6.25m
Defender Damien Delaney 3 3 34 Ireland £625k
Defender Scott Dann 4 4 29 England £12.75m
Defender Pape Souare 3.5 3.5 26 Senegal £12m

It’s worth noting that Palace are a little short of defenders and some cover should be signed. You do, however, start with a top centre back in Scott Dann. Note that none of your defenders are likely to improve in the future and if you want to push for a top six spot, sign some young players that can improve as the game progresses.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder James McArthur 3.5 3.5 28 Scotland £10.75m
Midfielder Mathieu Flamini 3.5 3.5 32 France £1.2m
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye 4 4 30 France £14.75m
Midfielder Jason Puncheon 3 3 30 England £7m
Midfielder Lee Chung Yong 2.5 2.5 27 Korea £8.5m
Midfielder Bakary Sako 3 3 28 Mali £9.75m
Midfielder Joe Ledley 3.5 3.5 29 Wales £6.5m
Midfielder Andros Townsend 3 3.5 24 England £13.75m
Midfielder Jordon Mutch 3 3.5 24 England £8.75m
Midfielder Wilfried Zaha 3 3.5 23 England £12.25m
Midfielder Kwesi Appiah 2 2 25 Ghana £1.2m

Make sure you play Cabaye from the start as he has a four star current rating, though at 30, he’s not a long-term option. Focus on developing Zaha, Townsend and Mutch as they can all improve in the future. If you’re short of funds, sell Appiah and Lee Chong Yong as Palace have enough midfielders and they’re the lowest quality. Jason Puncheon could also be added to the transfer list whilst you can still get a fee for him.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Connor Wickham 3.5 3.5 23 England £10.5m
Striker Loic Remy 3.5 3.5 29 France £19.75m
Striker Fraizer Campbell 2.5 2.5 28 England £4.8m
Striker Christian Benteke 4 4 25 Belgium £30m

In Benteke, you have a four star striker, though his goal scoring will very much depend on your tactics. He’s purely a target man and he won’t suit a possession-based game. If you want the best out of him play direct, if not, sell him and reinvest the money. It’s worth mentioning that Loic Remy is only at Palace on loan, so hold off on selling Fraizer Campbell until you’ve signed a suitable replacement.


Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_