Palace Dealt Another Bitter Blow In Bid To Start Scoring Goals

0 Posted by - October 4, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

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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  • tzcar October 4, 2017 - 8:20 am Reply

    the only thing to look forward to,is january.when,by then we,ll be a mass clearout and start again.a chance to get rid of all the failure,s.ward,puncheon,henessey,cabaye,schlup,mcarthur.and yes,benteke.before he,s injury,he was so bad,the ballboy,s were having a better game.we must start again,with a new set of players,and apply ourselves,just like burnley did,now look at them.

  • TonyN October 4, 2017 - 8:40 am Reply

    Do they allow wheelchairs on the pitch? I was never a striker anyway my preferred positions were centre back or goalkeeper. At least as a former qualified ref I would get less yellow cards (or is that more ?). Can’t believe the moment I recommend Ricky on here he retires. Do you suppose it is our fault?

    • admin October 4, 2017 - 8:47 am Reply

      Haha! Definitely not your fault, Tony.

  • Martin October 4, 2017 - 9:53 am Reply

    Not sure this is a massive blow, that was struck when the hierarchy in their infinite wisdom did not make sure we had strength and depth to the squad. I would prefer to see them giving the younger players a chance.
    What have we got to lose ?

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh October 4, 2017 - 10:49 am Reply

    In fairness if i wasn’t a Palace fan and had a choice between staying in sunny Italy where i live with my family and moving to rainy, politically inept Britain to a side that could yet be the worst in Prem history. I would do the same.

    Lambert is a different kettle of fish, maybe the beetroot factory gave him a better offer?

    I’d rather play Baptiste or some of the other academy lads over Carlton Cole.

  • Phil H October 4, 2017 - 4:21 pm Reply

    The situation with Palace at least gives Theresa May some respite and competition for being the UK’s biggest laughing stock. May be Lee Nelson could impersonate a striker and play up front? Christian has been impersonating a striker all season.

    • admin October 5, 2017 - 7:40 am Reply

      I’m all for putting you up top, Phil.

  • Richard C October 4, 2017 - 4:34 pm Reply

    What is wrong with Ladapo, he looked no worse than Benteke when he came on recently? Give the kid a chance.

    Our season starts in two weeks time so let’s hope Wilf, RLC and Tomkins are all fit and raring to go by then. Our best 11, ignoring Benteke are good enough to pick up 18 points before Christmas and that has to be our first target.

    • admin October 5, 2017 - 7:40 am Reply

      That’s the hope, Richard.

  • Exile in Sweden October 5, 2017 - 3:33 pm Reply

    Maybe I’m an idiot – it’s been said many times – but I look at the points gap to the next few teams and still see hope. With survival the ultimate priority all we have to do (all, lol) is pick up enough points to make sure we have more than at least 3 other teams by mid May next year. Even with nothing to show from 7 and shortly 8 games, I don’t see too much difficulty for us achieving that. These guys will get a break in front of goal soon and the defence will get their act together. Just keep believing!

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