Signing up Wilfried Zaha on a deal to keep him at Sehurst Park until 2023 is a crucial piece of business from the Eagles.
Undoubtedly the talisman at Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha scored the second on the opening day, as the Eagles beat Premier League newcomers Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage.
The Eagles really struggle when they are without their academy graduate. Last season, losing each of their opening seven Premier League matches without scoring, most of which the Ivorian could not play in due to injury. The creative talent, who has recently added a real eye for goal to his team, is absolutely crucial to the South London outfit.
Hodgson left his business late, but did bring in some real quality to Selhurst Park. A free transfer for German Max Meyer a particular highlight of the transfer window.
The Brentford front-man has started the season in fine form, with a goal on the opening day, and an equaliser away at Stoke City.
If Palace were to suffer an injury to one of their front-men, Hodgson would already be struggling from a lack of options.
The young Brentford attacker has the potential to improve, and would likely be tempted by a cross-city switch to South London.
Crystal Palace were interested in signing the winger in the summer window, according to Sky Sports.
Considering the club are thin on the ground out wide, an injury could really cause problems. Beyond Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, it is just an ageing Jason Puncheon Palace have for back-up.
After West Ham’s spending spree, Antonio is unlikely to start many games for the Irons. If Palace can persist with West Ham in their quest for Antonio, it would be a real coup for the club.
Signing a player the standard of Michail Antonio would give Palace’s squad a depth which would mean they had their best squad ever.