Crystal Palace supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern throughout the season such has been the Eagles’ horrendous start to the campaign.
Roy Hodgson’s men have lost each of their seven Premier League matches so far to sit firmly rooted to the bottom of the division, and what’s more they have failed to score in any of those games.
A 4-0 defeat to Manchester United prior to the international break did little to lift the gloom among our resident Palace fans, but a recent report from The Daily Mail may do just that.
And that’s because they report that the London-based club are already turning their attentions to the January transfer window, with experienced top-flight players the priority for former England manager Hodgson.
The Eagles landed four players during the summer but only one of them, namely Mamadou Sakho, can boast in excess of 50 Premier League appearances, and it’s that sort of experience which is going to be crucial in their bid to avoid the drop this term.
They are currently suffering a striking crisis which leaves 24-year-old Freddie Lapado, who only made his Palace debut against United last time out, as their only senior centre-forward, and it’s hardly surprising that Hodgson is reportedly targeting a move for another striker in the winter.
Palace host Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday in a bid to finally get points on the board, but it is already looking like an extremely tough ask for Hodgson to get this Eagles team out of the relegation mire come May.
Landlord’s verdict: Seven straight Premier League defeats, no goals scored, and a crisis in the striking department, Crystal Palace really have endured a horrendous start to the season.
So much so that thoughts are already turning to the January transfer window, and who manager Roy Hodgson could look to bring in to bolster the ranks and give them a chance of safety come the end of the campaign.
Experience seems to be the priority for the former England boss, but there is still a lot of football to be played before the New Year, and Palace simply cannot look too far ahead, as they could well be Championship-bound before the window reopens on January 1.
They have to make sure that they are still in with a chance come the New Year, otherwise they are not going to be an attractive proposition for any player.
Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!