Crystal Palace have been resurgent since the appointment of Roy Hodgson, with the former England boss guiding the Eagles from the foot of the table to a much more bearable five points clear of the bottom three.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern know there is a long way to go before their side’s Premier League status is secured, but are confident that their side can begin to push for a place in the top half as the second half of the campaign progresses. Our landlord caught up with fans to discuss the transfer window, with Hodgson relatively quiet thus far. However reports emerging in The Croydon Advertiser have suggested that movement could be on the horizon, with chairman Steve Parish revealing that the wage bill at Selhurst Park was ‘tight’, and players will be moved on this month.
“I think there are probably one or two who aren’t featuring as much as they’d hoped with the first team”, he said.
“You don’t always know. You get bids and they might be attractive to the manager which makes sense in terms of the other things we can do.
“You can’t stop people making a bid for your players and you can only really look at it when they do.
“I think we’re tight in the wage bill, so it certainly wouldn’t hurt [for some to go]. In terms of the plans we’ve got, we should be OK.”
That paves the way for new additions to the South London side, with Hodgson certainly in the market to strengthen his side this month should the right players become available.
Landlord’s Verdict: The chairman’s message will please Palace fans, who are keen to see new faces arrive at Selhurst Park in the coming weeks. Hodgson has performed fantastically since his arrival, and fans will put their faith in the experienced boss again this month.
Several new faces are probably needed to get Palace over the line this season, and if the chairman is to be believed, fans can expect a lot of movement over the next two weeks.
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