Palace ended the season with five players out on loan at home and abroad, but the campaign would end in disappointment for a pair of them as they suffered relegation and play-off misery.
Despite the arrival of his former international manager Chris Coleman in November, Jonny Williams couldn’t prevent the Black Cats enduring a second straight relegation as they finishing bottom of the Championship.
Williams was a regular in the Sunderland side before Coleman’s arrival, but he then suffered a shoulder injury which kept him out until February. After a couple of games back, including scoring against Middlesbrough in a north-east derby, he made his 13th and final appearance against Queens Park Rangers but picked up a quad injury that prevented him helping the Wearsiders’ fight against the drop.
Meanwhile, Sullay Kaikai couldn’t help Charlton Athletic replace Sunderland in the Championship, as the Addicks were knocked out of the League One play-offs against the winger’s former club Shrewsbury Town.
Kaikai had been brought to The Valley by Karl Robinson in January, but the club’s slump in form saw the manager quit and Lee Bowyer take over the reins on a caretaker basis. He managed to keep them in the play-off places to set up a semi-final showdown with the Shrews, but a pair of 1-0 defeats ended their promotion hopes. Kaikai returns to Selhurst Park after making 15 appearances.
Over in Major League Soccer, Jordon Mutch has made five appearances for Vancouver Whitecaps, who he joined in February on loan until December. The Caps have started the season well and sit fifth in the Western Conference standings, however they have had to do so without the Palace midfielder who suffered a hamstring injury against Real Salt Lake last month.
In League Two, Ryan Inniss was part of the Colchester United side that finished the campaign in 13th position, but after initially cementing a place in the heart of their defence, he suffered shoulder and knee injuries which meant his final appearance of the season came in February – his 19th for the U’s.
Development attacker Andre Coker played six times for Maidstone United in the National League as the Stones ended the campaign in 19th position.
|Andre Coker||Mainstone United||4 (2)||0|
|Ryan Inniss||Colchester United||19 (0)||0|
|Sullay Kaikai||Charlton Athletic||8 (7)||0|
|Jordon Mutch||Vancouver Whitecaps||3 (2)||0|
|Jonny Williams||Sunderland||7 (6)||1|