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Hodgson reportedly plotting radical solution as Crystal Palace struggles continue

The Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern think that their side is going to need a miracle this season…

It has been a horror start for the Eagles, and despite all their optimism leading into the campaign, it couldn’t have really gone any worse.

They’re still without a win and without a goal in the Premier League, and at present, they look certain to face a relegation battle this term.

It’s clear, then, that Roy Hodgson needs to find a radical solution to his problems, and he needs to find it quickly. That might help to explain reports from the Mirror suggesting that the club are keen on a move for former Premier League forward Carlton Cole, who is currently available on a free transfer.

With the club currently without any fit forwards, following Christian Benteke’s recent injury, Cole has seemingly come into Hodgson’s vision given that he is without a club and, thus, would be available despite the transfer window being closed.

It is, of course, a pretty strange and unexpected solution to his problems, but it’s a situation that could well be forced onto him. They need a forward that can score goals, and whilst Cole is no spring chicken and is past his best, he has proven in the past that he is more than capable in front of goal.

This isn’t a popular move amongst the Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern.

Landlord’s Verdict

Not many would have imagined that Carlton Cole would ever find his way back into the Premier League, but football in 2017 has proven to be a very surprising thing.

He struggled when he was last in the English top flight, and he hasn’t done particularly well since leaving England, and so it’s no real surprise that fans would be frustrated at the prospect of this.

However, what he does have is experience – and relegation experience at that – and so even if he doesn’t perform on the pitch, he could be a decent asset off of it.

With Benteke expected to face a long spell on the sidelines, does Hodgson really have many other options? At present, it’s looking like he doesn’t.

Crystal Palace fans – thoughts?

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