After a shocking start to last season, losing all seven opening games without scoring, Croydon-born Roy Hodgson guided the Selhurst Park outfit to a comfortable mid-table finish.
It’s been a frustrating summer for Crystal Palace. Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is the only new addition to have come into Selhurst Park this summer, but many issues remain. The ex-Getafe keeper is a huge positive for the club after some torrid performances from Welshman Wayne Hennessey last season, but the South Londoners need more additions or they will have a tough season next term.
Goals was a huge issue for the club last season. When Wilfried Zaha was injured, they lacked any creativity and any real goal threat. Christian Benteke, the clubs record signing, scored a paltry three Premier League goals in a season he will be keen to forget.
The clock is ticking for Roy Hodgson to bring in some new players.
With that in mind, the player Crystal Palace should drop everything to go after is West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez. The striker is rated as worth £13.5m by Transfermarkt.
Hernandez showed what a capable player he is at the World Cup, helping Mexico put Germany to the sword with his electric pace and nouse. ‘Chicharito’ would be the perfect partner for Christian Benteke, and would form a classic ‘big man little man’ combination at Selhurst Park. Hernandez would give Palace the pace to get in behind defences and make them a far less one-dimensional side than when they play long balls into Christian Benteke.
With West Ham spending big this summer, they may well be willing to let players such as Hernandez, who wasn’t quite the right fit at the London Stadium last season, go for the right price.
If Steve Parish splashes out on one player this summer, he should make sure it is the Mexican.