Crystal Palace fans continued to drown their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side lose once again in the Premier League.
The Eagles went into their clash with Manchester United on Saturday having lost their opening six league matches, failing to score in any of them, and that soon become seven after going down 4-0 to Jose Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford.
Thus, former England boss Roy Hodgson has got a huge job on his hands trying to keep the London club in the top-flight, and the 70-year-old and our resident Palace supporters have been dealt more bad news if a report from The Daily Mail is anything to go by.
The 35-year-old left Pescara at the end of last season and remained without a club throughout the summer transfer window, yet, given Palace’s striking crisis, the Eagles were linked with a move for the former Italy international on a free transfer in recent days.
Gilardino, a World Cup winner in 2006 and a Champions League winner in 2007, has scored 225 goals in 627 club games during his career, and certainly would have given Hodgson an option in the striking department, given that their only fit striker currently is Freddie Ladapo, who made his debut against United at the weekend.
However, the Italian forward has reportedly signed for Spezia to bring even greater misery to a Palace side that are looking more consigned to relegation as the days go by.
Landlord’s verdict: As if Roy Hodgson didn’t have enough problems to deal with at Crystal Palace, he hasn’t got many strikers to choose from in a bid to end their wretched run of form.
And he won’t be getting Alberto Gilardino either, as the 35-year-old former Italy international has decided to remain in his homeland and sign for Serie B outfit Spezia, despite being offered a chance to move to the Premier League with the Eagles.
And this will further compound Palace’s misery in what is fast becoming a campaign to forget. At 35, Gilardino was unlikely going to come in and score 20 goals, but he would have given Hodgson an experienced option to lead the line.
As it is, they again look set to be short in the striking department when they host Chelsea after the international break.
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