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Roy Hodgson starts the summer clearout at Crystal Palace

Friday 15th June 2018

The summer transfer window is the crucial period when it comes to squad rebuilding. Crystal Palace are already getting straight down to business, with Roy Hodgson refusing to hand out new contracts to several players; forcing them to be released from the club. Let's take a look at who the club has chosen to let go.

Diego Cavalieri

At 35-years-old Cavalieri signed for Palace in March earlier this year. His contract was only short-term, but now, he's been let go. The Brazilian didn't make a single appearance and will now be looking elsewhere as his career winds down to its conclusion. Over his 16-year period as a professional footballer, he has been at five different clubs; only two he made league appearances with. Palmeiras and Fluminense. Liverpool, Italian side Cesena and now Palace all never gave him the opportunity to play. Sitting in behind the likes of Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey was never going to be easy, and it was always going to be tough to leapfrog the pair.

Although Cavalieri was never used by the master-tactician Hodgson, he's still got a few years left in him; perhaps the best move would be heading back to Brazil. That would give him the opportunity to ply his trade in his homeland, where family and friends are all much closer. Playing three times for his country is definitely a personal achievement by the keeper and heading back to his birthplace of Sao Paulo could well be on the cards. Never successful outside Brazil, it seems a fitting end to a mixed career.

Chung-Yong Lee

The South Korean winger had been on Palace's books since 2015 when he signed from Bolton Wanderers. Born in Seoul, the 29-year-old started his professional career with FC Seoul. That was before his move to England in 2009. His six-year spell at Bolton gathered attention from Crystal Palace and shortly after, the transfer was complete. 

Fast-forward a few seasons and Lee has only made 36 Premier League appearances. After falling out-of-favour when Hodgson took charge, he never really stood a chance at starting for the London side on a regular basis. Although appearing 79 times for his nation, Chung-Yong Lee wasn't seen as worth keeping for next season. Now without a club he may struggle to find a new one due to his wage demands. Maybe moving to a Championship side would offer him a realistic opportunity at continuing his football in England, but he'll have to accept a much smaller financial package.

Yohan Cabaye

Probably the most prolific release by Crystal Palace so far. Cabaye has had a reputation over the past few years for his brilliant technical ability, while also being lethal from set-pieces. Starting out at Lille in France, he made over 190 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 31 times. He made the switch to the Premier League in 2011 with a move to Newcastle United. Three years into life on Tyneside, Paris Saint-Germain made the move to bring him back to his homeland, but things never really worked out for the classy midfielder.

Two seasons playing in France's capital was enough before Crystal Palace were able to lure him back to the Premier League. Instantly, Cabaye became an important first-team player contributing a few goals and assists, nailing himself down as a regular starter. However, Hodgson has taken the decision to let the 32-year-old walk; presumably due to wage demands.

Since leaving, Cabaye become part-owner of an American franchise, San Diego 1904 FC. Now the midfielder isn't playing, he may focus more on the business side of the beautiful game. It would certainly be an interesting route to watch him go down.

With Palace letting go of several players already, there is still work aplenty to undertake over the summer. Vicente Guaita has already been brought in; a Spanish goalkeeper from Getafe CF. More new signings are expected, and we could still see more players leave Selhurst Park this summer. Hodgson's doing an excellent job with The Eagles, despite not being in the most desirable of positions when he was named manager.

He knows gradual improvement is important, but to target bettering last season's eleventh-placed finish is a tough ask. With the right resources and knowledge of the current market, the 70-year-old ex-England boss could work his magic again as we look towards next season. Seeing players leave is an important transition, particularly when a new manager is trying to put his own stamp on things. As previously alluded to, the work is nowhere near complete, but Palace are in good hands.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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