Roy Hodgson has spoken to the press about his desire to keep hold of French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye beyond the January transfer window, whilst also giving details of the specific areas he would like to strengthen in the New Year.
Whilst the former PSG man’s contract is up in the summer, Palace’s gaffer is keen to ensure that he doesn’t leave us before the 2017-18 season draws to a close. Although nothing concrete has been said either way, I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see him return to his native France when the current campaign finishes, if only because of the regularity with which he seems to be kicked whilst playing in a Palace shirt.
Undoubtedly seen as one of our most talented players, losing him to another club would be a tremendous blow at any point but to be without him for the crucial spell between January and May is something Roy Hodgson appeared desperate not to contemplate when speaking to the press yesterday. Who knows? He may be open to signing another contract with us if the current boss can keep us up and look to kick on next term but right now, you’re unlikely to get a solid answer on that front from any of the parties directly involved.
Aside from Yohan’s unique situation, Roy has spoken about the exact positions he’s keen to strengthen when the transfer window opens, which is music to my ears given the struggles we’ve endured since August. The fact that he’s been able to oversee such a turnaround in our fortunes despite not having a single player of his own brought in gives me tremendous hope for the period after January, with Dougie seemingly working hard behind the scenes on all manner of deals.
Whilst individual names haven’t been mentioned by Roy or anyone at the club, I do feel as though supporters will see Palace taking a more proactive approach in the market than we have for years, given the harsh lessons that were learnt in the summer just gone. If Parish, Freedman and Hodgson can source three or four quality reinforcements for the side whilst also shifting out some of the deadwood, we should be in a far better place by February the 1st both on and off the pitch.
Keep those fingers crossed.