Crystal Palace are on track to sign ‘at least’ three players in January, according to reports.
Dominic Fifield from The Athletic has written that “progress is understood to have been made” for additions in both full-back positions, as well as upfront, with the likelihood looking “promising”.
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He goes on to state that the club has received “encouraging noises”, and there is optimism that some deals will get over the line, with just the small problem of negotiating deals with clubs and prospective signings…
He wrote: “the recruitment department working actively with a view to January moves for at least three players based in England and abroad, would appear promising.”
Fifield makes no indication as to whom Palace might go after, rather more just that they are interested in positions which have are obviously in need of reinforcements.
Joel Ward’s injury was a timely reminder to the Palace hierarchy that something needs to be done about the depth of this squad. At right-back, Ward is the only out-and-out full-back – with Martin Kelly being a much more natural centre-half nowadays (as mentioned by Fifield).
And on the subject of further forward, the fact that Palace have scored just 10 in 12 – the second-fewest in the division to Watford – suggests that more firepower is also required.
So far, the club has done well to muster 15 points from 12 games. Their start was slightly glorified by the fact they had a fairly decent run in, and their defensive performances were enough to keep them at the top end of the table. However, one point from just four matches against Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea has highlighted their lack of attacking threat – scoring just twice from the four matches, both against Arsenal.
While just a month ago Roy Hodgson was discussing what his side needs to do to break into the top-six, the chat is very different now, but what he demands remains the same.
Hodgson said then (to the Evening Standard) that he needed reinforcements – most notably in the full-back and forward positions – and that is seemingly what he will get once the new year arrives.
All things considered, it was pretty scandalous to expect Palace to perform well without replacing their top-scoring striker in Michy Batshuayi last season as well as their player of the year Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, Hodgson has them in a good position, thus giving him a strong mandate to ask for big improvements in the upcoming months.
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