Alan Pardew has given an insight how Crystal Palace’s summer transfer plans are being drawn up, as he looks to diversify the tactical options available to him.
Having presided over a stunning run of form between August and December, the boss has opened up over why he feels the team have struggled in 2016, before admitting that he and the board will be looking to add to the squad in the summer in an attempt to diversify the style of play we are able to adopt as we head into the 2016/17 campaign.
The near four-month run without a win hasn’t been easy for anyone to accept after seeing us start the season so well, but there are certainly a number of coherent arguments to be made as to why the squad were unable to maintain their stunning form from the months leading up to Christmas once the New Year began.
Pardew, to his credit, hasn’t left himself completely blameless for the slump we suffered, drawing on his experiences as a young coach in explaining the need for tactical consistency when working with a squad from week to week, rather than making wholesale changes whilst in the midst of a crisis.
After seeing the club make no new signings other than the free transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor during the January transfer window, perhaps the biggest revelation to come out of Pardew’s interview above, is the fact that we will be looking to adopt an assertive approach to player recruitment across the summer, in a bid to ensure that we don’t suffer the same drop in form as we have this term.
It seems as though the winless run has frightened both Pardew and the club’s board, who will now be shuffling the pack as soon as the current season in done and dusted, with the aim of adding some extra quality to the group at the manager’s disposal from August onwards.
Let the guessing games begin.