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.
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.