It has been a tough year for Crystal Palace fans here in The Transfer Tavern, with the Eagles flirting with relegation for much of the year.
The drop looked a distinct possibility this season following a nightmare start, but since the appointment of Roy Hodgson, the South Londoners have looked a completely different side.
Hodgson’s men could have been the first side this season to claim victory over Manchester City, but midfielder Luka Milivojevic squandered the perfect opportunity to claim a priceless three points by firing a stoppage-time penalty straight at City keeper, Ederson.
The save saw groans echo around The Tavern as Palace fans crowded around TV screens, but fans were given a boost today, as The Daily Mirror Transfer Centre reported at 12.01 that Hodgson is set to address Palace’s goalkeeper issues with a move for Ipswich Town’s Bartosz Bialkowski.
The Polish-born shot-stopper has impressed this season under Mick McCarthy, and The Mirror (in their transfer centre at 12.01pm) have reported that the 30-year-old tops Hodgson’s list of goalkeeping targets.
Bialkowski’s contract is set to expire in the summer, but with an option to an extend, Ipswich are asking for £4 million to do a deal this month.
Palace need a new goalkeeper after the failed Steve Mandanda experiment of last season, and Hodgson certainly feels that Bialkowski has what it takes to fill the goal at Selhurst Park for the foreseeable future.
Formerly of Notts County before a 2014 move to Portman Road, the player has impressed in the Championship for several years, and now looks set to finally return to the Premier League after leaving Southampton in 2012.
A change is needed between the sticks after thirty-two goals conceded in just twenty-one games, but fans will retain reservations over the signing of the experienced Pole.
Can Bialkowski handle the demands of a Premier League relegation battle?
Roy Hodgson believes so, and Palace fans must simply sit back and trust the judgement of their popular boss.
Palace fans, is Bialkowski the man for the job? Let us know!