Roy Hodgson is facing one of his most difficult managerial tasks of his esteemed career ahead of the new season: keeping a cash-strapped Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The likes of Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers have spent huge sums of money already this summer as the aforementioned clubs prepare to steer well clear of a relegation battle, but the reality is far different at Selhurst Park.
Hodgson has completed just one signing so far this summer with Jaroslaw Jach brought in from Rizespor on a season-long loan deal, but the hierarchy at Palace will need to back him with further additions if they want to remain in the top-flight beyond the upcoming season.
And according to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, they are hoping to exactly that by signing Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea on season-long loan.
According to the report, Drinkwater (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) could be on his way out of Chelsea after failing to impress during his debut season, and the arrival of Jorginho has done nothing to aid his chances of breaking into Maurizio Sarri’s first-team this season.
With that in mind, Drinkwater would be wise to embark on a new challenge before the window slams shut in order to revive his stuttering career, and Palace are an ideal destination for him at this moment in time.
Yohan Cabaye’s departure earlier in the summer has left a gap in Palace’s midfield which needs to be filled before the season gets underway, otherwise they will be desperately short of the quality they need to remain in the division.
In Drinkwater, Palace would be signing a player who would undoubtedly make a huge difference at both ends of the pitch with his relentless determination to recover possession and natural instinct to distribute the ball with attacking intent.
Drinkwater’s exemplary work-rate and ability to put out fires in front of the back-four will also ease the defensive responsibility which was bestowed upon the shoulders of the tireless Luka Miliovojevic last season.
With Milivojevic and Drinkwater forming a partnership in the centre of Palace’s midfield, Hodgson would have a functional pairing on his hands who would provide a solid base for a probable relegation battle, so he should do whatever it takes to convince the Man United trainee to sign for the club this summer.
One poor season at Chelsea should not tarnish the opinion of the Palace supporters regarding Drinkwater, as Hodgson’s success in his reported pursuit of the Chelsea outcast could well represent the difference between survival and relegation next season.
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