Parish Claims Palace Will Be Even More Strict With Transfers This Summer

0 Posted by - February 6, 2016 - News

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. 

These comments from Palace’s co-chairman are likely to split our supporters down the middle. Prudence over transfers is always a touchy subject, particularly in the current climate. 

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.

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  • Spiceboy February 6, 2016 - 11:31 am Reply

    It was a no brainer to spend in the January transfer window. We have so many average first team players at least 5 of them could of been sold with Campbell at the front of the list. With players like gray, Townsend, Austin, caulker, to name but a few that would of vastly improved our team. Without bolasie we are so far below average it’s scarey. What’s the point in not spending and now facing a real scare of relegation? Surely buying the players now, definitely staying up and collecting next years premiership money was a must. In the summer we could have then bought maybe only 1 player as our squad would have been solid. Absolute joke from parish & Pardew more management & leadership from both. Never thought I’d say that about parish.

  • Ben February 6, 2016 - 11:42 am Reply

    I haven’t heard the interview on the radio but going on the comments in the article above I see know reason to panic…..yet. My thoughts on what he was saying is that the players in the market we are looking at are a lot more expensive and we have to make sure of their quality before splashing out. I personally think we should have bought in January but without knowing the state of the finances I can only go on what Pardew and parish are saying. That was basically that someone has to go before we can get someone in. I agree with spice boys comments that there are some players that are below the level we are aiming at. I presume we didn’t get any offers for any of them.if we had got offers and one or two had gone then I think we would have seen some movement from them. Hopefully in the summer they can get rid of some of them and replace hem with improvements. ZaZa is one I would love to see playing for us!!!

  • Richard C February 6, 2016 - 12:19 pm Reply

    Hmm, I think we should have made sure we are going to stay up by strengthening now. If we go down then it is all irrelevant talk about expensive players. Everyone bar Villa has spent down the bottom of the league which means there are probably about 8 teams who can get sucked into 2 relegation places and on current form and injuries we are definitely in that group.

  • martyn February 11, 2016 - 12:47 pm Reply

    Unfortunately just going out and buying expensive players doesn’t guarantee safety in this league. Austin was after 100k per week which we don’t even pay Cabaye. You can’t mess up the dynamics of the team spirit by pissing people off by bringing in players on inflated wages. Also, who says these players were ever interested in playing for us. What is good, is that when we are unsuccessful in signing someone it isn’t broadcast by the club as this devalues us in the market when going for other players. eg. well if so and so snubbed why should I go there.
    Bolasie being missing isn’t the biggest reason for our fall down the table, it’s the fact that between all our current strikers, only one goal has been scored and we’re 20 odd games in. If strikers don’t score you will slip. You can’t say our strikers havent had the opportunities to score since Bolaie has been out and you’d expect a few goals from a couple of strikers at least.

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