Pardew Gives Specific Details Of The Positions He’ll Strengthen In January

1 Posted by - December 19, 2016 - News

Alan Pardew has given a clear indication of where he will be looking to strengthen his squad when the January transfer window opens in a few days time.

This interview with Pardew sees him discuss the specific positions that he will be looking to strengthen in 2017.

Despite breaking our record transfer fee twice in the previous window, Palace have been left looking painfully short in certain areas of the field over the last month or so, forcing the manager to play certain squad members in unfavourable positions time and time again.

Of course, plenty will point towards Pardew’s approach to our summer recruitment as a source of frustration given the areas in which we’ve been left thin but for the time being, we as fans have no choice other than to accept the predicament we’re in and move on from it with a positive outlook heading into a new calendar year.

Plenty of people, myself included, have publicly stated a belief that Pardew will be relived of his duties should we fall to defeat against Watford on Boxing Day but even if that were to be the case, you would assume that our transfer focus would remain broadly similar regardless of the manager who happens to be occupying the hot-seat.

Whilst the mountainous number of injuries we’ve suffered this season have not helped us to maintain a regular starting XI, questions are rightly being raised over the manager’s training techniques, with one stunning statistic revealing that we have suffered one injury for every 5.4 days of the gaffer’s stint in SE25 to date; a fact that will rightly raise more than a few eyebrows amongst our fan-base.

It looks as though there will be significant money made available for transfers within the next month, allowing Pardew to plug the gaps he feels need the most love and attention. We can only hope that his forays into the transfer market at the start of 2017 don’t follow a similar pattern to those he made over the summer.

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  • Richard C December 19, 2016 - 9:33 am Reply

    Defence, midfield and attack for me. Oh, and a goalkeeper too! Have I missed anything?

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh December 19, 2016 - 10:19 am Reply

    I would be interested to see if a change of manager led to less injuries. Is it the training style/fitness regime that has led to so many injuries or is it just bad luck?

    In terms of strengthening, a new LB is a must. Pards surely didn’t predict Souare would have a car crash and be out for so long so for me not his fault we do not have enough cover there. Ben Davies is one who has been touted in the papers and he would be perfect, if not better than Souare. However only having 3 CBs, one of whom is the injury prone Tomkins, is Pards fault. A fourth CB like Pontus Janssen for 3m, or, Kurt Zouma, on loan would be perfect.

    Personally, i think we need another winger as Sako is injury prone, Townsend is too inconsistent and Chungy/Punch are no10s really. Would be happy to see Kaikai given a shout but if not then someone needs to be purchased. A proper defensive midfielder would also be good as other than Flamini all our CMs are allrounders and we need a specialist.

    Lastly cover for Benteke. With Wickham injured the only option is Campbell who, despite trying very hard, is not good enough and needs to be sold.

    In recent weeks Phillips, Wynter, Husin and Bissaka have all made the bench. Would like to see these lads start in the cup as we may as well promote from within if we don’t sign anyone.

  • Gordon December 19, 2016 - 6:04 pm Reply

    What’s worrying me is any talented player gonna want to come to us in January with us in the situation we are in.

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