From the moment last season ended, Crystal Palace’s search for attacking reinforcements has been a fruitless one, with yesterday’s news regarding veteran Italian striker Alberto Gilardino coming as yet another bitter blow to Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff.
The former international frontman, who has the likes of Parma, Fiorentina and AC Milan casually tucked away on his CV had been looking for a new club after his release from Pescara but despite interest from SE25, Alberto has decided to stay true to his roots and join up with Serie B outfit Spezia instead.
I suppose Gilardino’s apparent snub should come as no surprise to our fans given the fact that former factory worker Rickie Lambert promptly decided to retire this week after rumours of us making him a contract offer surfaced. Without a point or even a goal since May in the Premier League, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that we’re destined to the sporting press’ easy-reach punchline for the remainder of the current campaign.
Yes, there is still the option of bringing in ex-West Ham man Carlton Cole on a short-term basis but with the 33-year-old having failed to find the back of the net at any point in the last 22 months, it doesn’t feel as though he’ll provide the sort of spring needed to break Hodgson’s players out of their current slump. Still, as one particularly peeved Palace fan remarked on Twitter a few days ago, if we are going to go down, we might as well all have a proper laugh in the process.
With Deadline Day target Oumar Niasse now proving to be one of the only shining lights for a woefully out of form Everton side, I can’t help feeling as though we’ve angered some sort of higher footballing power over the last year or so.
Who’s next up on the list of possible new signings in south London? Clinton Morrison? Calvin Andrew? You?
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