Crystal Palace, Sam Allardyce in charge or not, are bang in trouble at the moment.
The Eagles have been in dire straits not just this season but last season as well and that duly saw Alan Pardew finally get the boot at the back-end of 2016.
For many, Allardyce was the best option for the club to bring in and steer away from relegation and whilst that assumption is fair enough, he’s not going to be able to do it alone.
The former Sunderland manager needs new recruits, then, just as he did with the Black Cats last year and with The Express claiming he is interested in Ben Davies from Spurs, he’s clearly got his eye on the right kind of acquisitions.
Davies, a Welsh international would be, put simply, perfect for Palace in their current plight.
Whilst scoring goals hasn’t necessarily been the problem for much of the season it’s their defence that has let them down – particularly in the full back areas.
Palace’s centre-halves have done a decent enough job with them being faced with injuries and having to gel with the summer signing James Tomkins but down the right and the left there are significant issues that need to be addressed.
Down the right has been Joel Ward who, as professional as he is, isn’t good enough to play in the Premier League whilst down the left has been Martin Kelly.
Kelly, though a decent enough player at this level is not a left back. He came through with Liverpool with the aim of being a centre-half, given his physical stature, but did not make it there and has duly wound up at Palace.
Instead of playing in the centre, though, he’s been made a make-shift left back and that’s left the club exposed.
It’s not all his fault of course but he’s a tall, right-footed player being played as a left back so it’s no wonder the club have been poor defensively.
Signing the left-footed Davies from Spurs, then, would solve that. It would allow Kelly to at least move over to right back if not the centre of defence whilst Palace would then have more balance across the back four.
Sam Allardyce has always built his team’s survivals on sound defensive bases and so signing the Welshman would surely kick that process off again.
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