The early months of the 2015/16 Premier League season saw Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side punch above their weight in more ways than one, a fact which has been demonstrated by The Daily Express, who have researched the respective wage bills of every top flight club.
Whilst finances are far from the be all and end to footballing success, they are usually held up as a relatively solid marker for the expectations of a fan-base when measured against a team’s direct competitors, and despite the summer arrival of Yohan Cabaye, Steve Parish and co. remain nearer the bottom of the list when it comes to their overall spend.
Should we manage to maintain our place in the Premier League for the 2016/17 campaign, you can expect the number given above to rise dramatically, thanks to the explosion in TV revenue which is on the way over the summer, but thanks to the already fierce competition for players from clubs across the country, we will have to act quickly to secure our top targets.
Much has been made of the extra financial muscle offered by the arrival of US billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer, but as of yet, we are still waiting to see a definite shift in the club’s transfer policy, following a window which saw only Emmanuel Adebayor join Alan Pardew’s first-team on a free transfer.
Many hope that the struggles we’ve faced in the weeks and months since will frighten the board and management into adopting a different approach to player recruitment before the new season begins, but for now, Alan Pardew and his players must do everything they can in their remaining fixtures to ensure that their place in the Premier League is locked in place for another year.
No one would deny that the financial strategy of CPFC2010 have enjoyed almost unprecedented success in their six years at Selhurst Park but with the club still waiting for their first league win of 2016, there are audible murmurs of discontent from the stands. Success on a shoestring will always be applauded, but perhaps now is the time for us to adjust our sights slightly, as we bid to keep up with the chasing pack.