Crystal Palace seem to be leaving their transfer business late, so fans of the Eagles will have an eagle eye on developments at Selhurst Park.
The South London outfit have completed the signing of Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for an undisclosed fee. This is the only signing, other than bringing in stopper Vicente Guaita on a free from Getafe, early in the window.
Crystal Palace fans will want more than just Kouyate, as a good a player as he is, to come into the club. The signing of Kouyate will go a long way to helping a threadbare Palace midfield, lacking in depth particularly since the exit of Yohan Cabaye. Following a torrent of injuries last season, Palace were at one point forced to deploy Jeffrey Schlupp as a defensive midfielder.
Up front there are also problems for the Eagles. Big Belgian forward Christian Benteke seriously struggled, netting just three Premier League goals. Goal scoring was a real issue for the SE25 club, and they were over-reliant on their talisman Wilfried Zaha.
With that in mind, surely Steve Parish cannot afford to not sign these two perfect Roy Hodgson players before deadline day….
Michail Antonio might find life a lot harder at West Ham United under Manuel Pellegrini. Indeed, with the Hammers backing their new coach to the hilt in terms of signings, the former Nottingham Forest man may struggle for much in the way of first-team football.
It wasn’t all too long ago that Antonio managed to work his way into the England squad, so the idea of him getting back to that sort of level at a team like Palace, who’d suit him down to the ground, isn’t unthinkable.
Antonio’s direct style would compliment the excellent Wilf Zaha on the other side, giving Hodgson a team with so many points of attack.
Crystal Palace’s struggles with Christian Benteke have been well-documented. The Belgian hasn’t looked the same player for years now and the lack of firepower up front really does affect the Eagles, especially when Zaha doesn’t play.
With that in mind, a move for Liverpool’s Divock Origi would be a good idea. Surely out of the picture at Anfield, the former Lille man would be a more dynamic option up front than his compatriot and has proven to be a relatively good goalscorer when handed an extended chance.