Crystal Palace had a relatively quiet summer transfer window due to their lack of financial resources, but the club have made an addition to their scouting team as they undergo a revamp in their structure.
Indeed, Roy Hodgson has added Barry Simmonds to his team of scouts as Palace attempt to improve their talent spotting structure, according to the Daily Mail.
Simmonds and Hodgson have spent plenty of time working alongside one another in the past, as Simmonds played a key role in spotting the likes of Zoltan Gera, Mousa Dembele and Chris Smalling during their time at Fulham before he took on a new look role within the England set-up.
The Palace supporters will be hoping that their revamp behind the scenes will translate to a shrewder and more active recruitment process for the club so they can continue to add players of Max Meyer’s calibre in the years to come.
The summer transfer window was rather frustrating for Palace as they failed to significantly strengthen their options despite battling relegation last season.
The addition of Meyer served to prove that Palace still command a huge level of appeal for players outside of the UK which they need to use to their advantage, so the addition of a known talent spotter in Simmonds certainly represents a step in the right direction for the Eagles.
Hodgson has the managerial expertise to take Palace to the next level but without the acquisition of a handful of quality players there’s no doubt they will be relegated in the near future.
But the arrival of Simmonds should enable Hodgson to identify the calibre of talent which will be needed to ensure Palace establish their long-term future in the Premier League.
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