Ones to Watch: Crystal Palace

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by Oscar Chamberlain

safc.com profiles three key men for the Eagles.

Glenn Murray

Murray recently returned from a serious injury to give boss Tony Pulis more options up front.

The striker began his career in non-league with Workington and had a spell with US side Wilmington Hammerheads before representing Barrow and Carlisle.

Whilst with the Cumbrians, Murray had loan spells at both Stockport and Rochdale, eventually joining the latter club on a permanent basis in January 2007.

Murray quickly drew attention at Spotland after his move, scoring 22 goals in 46 games.

He moved to Brighton in January 2008 and would go on to play under current Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

The frontman's time on the south coast returned 56 goals in 136 games, plus a League One winner's medal.

He arrived at Selhurst Park in May 2011 and has scored 39 goals in 92 games so far, although his progress was stunted by a serious knee injury sustained at the end of last season.

Murray, 30, returned to action with Palace in a 3-1 win over West Brom last month and scored his first top-flight goal from the penalty spot in the recent 1-1 draw at Swansea.

Tom Ince

England youth international Tom Ince joined the Eagles on loan from Blackpool during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old progressed through the youth ranks at Liverpool and made one first-team appearance before joining the Tangerines in 2011.

Ince scored 33 goals in 113 games for Blackpool and become a fans’ favourite with his 18-goal 2012-13 season culminating in him being named Football League Young Player of the Year.

After scoring seven goals in 28 games at Bloomfield Road in the first four months of the 2013-14 Championship season, Ince moved to the Barclays Premier League, with Palace taking Stockport-born youngster on loan until the end of the season.

He’s since made three appearances for the Eagles, scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.

Mile Jedinak

Tough-tackling midfield workhorse Mile Jedinak is a fan favourite at Selhurst Park after winning the club’s Player of the Year award during last season’s promotion-winning campaign.

Jedinak started his career in his native Australia with Sydney United before moving to Central Coast Mariners and then Gençlerbirli─či of Turkey in 2009.

He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Fenerbahçe before leaving for the Eagles in 2011.

The Australian international has made 108 appearances for Ian Holloway’s side, scoring four goals, and has captained the side since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Jedinak has been capped 43 times by the Socceroos, finding the net on four occasions whilst he was also named captain for Australia’s recent friendly with Ecuador.

He is one of only three outfield players to have played every minute of every Barclays Premier League for his side this season.