Roy Hodgson has admitted that the team’s form in the run-up to Christmas will have a real impact on how the club approaches the January transfer window.
Whilst recent weeks have seen the team perform well on a regular basis, we still have just five points to show for our efforts, making the run of games over the next few weeks incredibly important for our chances of Premier League survival. We’ve been on a steady if slow path of improvement under Hodgson and his coaching staff but now it appears as though even Roy, the usually gentle soul, is getting rather annoyed at the lack of points we have have on the board.
After taking a second minute lead against Everton only to be twice pegged back from winning positions and gain just a point from the contest, the former England gaffer lost his cool with journalists in the subsequent press conference, highlighting just how important it is for us to pick up a victory at home to Stoke this weekend. Yes, a point against the Toffees was far more preferable than a defeat but even so, we simply must start winning games if we are to stand any chance of being outside the bottom three by May.
Although I’m sure plenty of individual targets have already been discussed by Hodgson, Parish and Freedman in recent weeks, the Palace boss is impressively flexible when it comes to the process of incoming transfers, promising that he’s more than happy to work as part of a collective rather than demanding authority over anyone else.
As things stand, we know that the club will be looking for at least one goalkeeper and striker in January but outside of that, the rest of our targets are likely to be defined by the results we pick up between now and the New Year. Would we all like a more talented squad? Of course. That being said, we’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on the outgoing cost, given the potential for a dramatic drop in income, should we fall into the second tier over the summer.
The transfer window is always an extremely stressful time to be a Palace fan, the next one on the horizon promises to be no different.