Steve Parish has suggested that the club are set to become stricter than ever before on transfer targets in upcoming transfer windows after steering clear of any purchases in January.
The Palace co-chairman joined HOL Radio shortly after the transfer window had closed on Tuesday evening to go over the club’s strategy across the month. Having kept the same squad as we had at the start of 2016, barring the arrival on a free transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor, it was far from a self-congratulatory discussion.
Many had voiced countless concerns over the strength in depth our squad possessed, with those grumbles only going on to become louder in the days that followed, given the news that we are now set to be without James McArthur and Jason Puncheon for a prolonged spell, but the Eagles chairman refused to have his feathers ruffled over the perceived spell of inactivity he presided over in the transfer window.
Given strict financial regulations and the already full 25 man squad we named last summer, both Parish and Alan Pardew had previously stated that players would have to leave before new faces arrived, but with a forward line who have failed to score a single league goal from open play this season, supporters’ frustrations were understandably prone to boiling over in the hours immediately following the closure of the window, for fear, if nothing else, of dropping further down the table towards the bottom three in the next few months.
His comments above are likely to divide opinion massively across our fanbase, with a section of supporters championing a careful approach to player recruitment whilst others lambast a perceived reluctance to splash out on the new players that will us continuing to make progress in the Premier League year on year.
Until now, Parish’s alliance with Alan Pardew has brought nothing but success and goodwill from the Palace faithful, but with results having taken a severe dip since Christmas and January having brought just one new face into the fold, the general mood is in need of a timely boost.
Three points against Swansea today would do the trick.