Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson must ‘fight’ to get every penny out of Steve Parish and the board, according to reports.
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Jack Rosser from the Evening Standard wrote about how the Eagles must improve their ageing squad with fresh faces, saying that nothing epitomised this better than their performance against Leicester City yesterday.
With chairman Steve Parish confirming to BBC 5Live that discussions have begun for a new deal for Hodgson (via Evening Standard), Rosser is saying that Hodgson must compete for every penny to get a chance to bring freshness to the squad, after the manager has recently spoken of the desperate need for a striker as well as full-backs.
Rosser is not wrong when he says that Hodgson should fight for more funds, as at the moment, there is a very thin squad without any young players being on the periphery or involved in the squad. In fact, Palace have just one conventional left-back in Patrick Van Aanholt, and two at right-back in Joel Ward and Martin Kelly – with the latter being far more comfortable at centre-back nowadays. They also have regularly put out some of the oldest squads this season, with the average age of their squad against Arsenal last week reaching 30.
Remarkably, the youngest player to appear for Palace in the league this season is Max Meyer. He is 24 and has only started twice. Out of the regulars, Jeffrey Schlupp is usually the youngest at 26, while Wilfried Zaha is slightly older.
Hodgson has taken pretty much every step correctly at Palace to ensure that they have been the best they can be. He took over after Frank de Boer with the club in disarray, managed to keep them up, and now is having another good season despite a clear lack of investment in the squad – as proven by the measly £10.67m (per Transfermarkt) spent last season at the club (18/19), and just £6.84m spent this summer, despite making money in sales – through players such Aaron Wan-Bissaka – since being at the club.
While Palace have probably had to cut down on their expenses due to some of the big wages their players earn (Spotrac), Hodgson has to demand more from his board and recruitment team if they want him to improve this team at all.
The players are only getting older, and with Wilfried Zaha likely to leave the club in the future a big reshuffle is needed – and it needs to be prepared for before he leaves, starting this January.
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