Following the closure of the transfer window on Wednesday evening, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish spoke to Holmesdale Radio about the club’s business throughout the summer, as well as shedding light on what had been a frustrating deadline day for both he and manager Alan Pardew.
For all of the grumbles Palace fans have voiced following the closure of the window on Wednesday night, few if any can argue about the quality of the players that we have managed to bring in over the course of the summer, with the board seemingly adopting a “quality over quantity” approach to their pre-season shopping.
In Steve Mandanda, Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Loic Remy, we have added four respected international footballers to our ranks, whilst James Tomkins brings a wealth of experience and Premier League guile to a position that was in desperate need of strengthening after the departure of Brede Hangeland.
Quite rightly, supporters are concerned about the lack of strength in depth throughout our back four with only Martin Kelly and Zeki Fryers providing cover for Joel Ward and Pape Souare in the full-back positions, but with only 24 names listed in Crystal Palace’s 25 man squad as things stand, there appears to be every chance of us dipping our toes into the free agent market in the coming days and weeks.
For all of the hysteria that is generated by Sky Sports’ coverage of “Deadline Day” in the UK, it’s always good to hear Steve Parish give his view of things from inside the club shortly after the window has closed, if only to gain a definitive sense of closure on the deals we were and weren’t looking to finalise after fishing through a relative ocean of rumours throughout the summer.
No one (including Parish himself) would openly state that they were totally satisfied with our final position following the climax of the summer window, but in general, we have a number of reasons to be cheerful about the deals we have pulled off.