Following last night’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at Selhurst Park, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that the club are hoping to be extremely active in the January transfer window, as they search for quality over quantity.
Having seen our eight game unbeaten run brought to a halt by a genuinely impressive Arsenal side, Roy and his players are facing up to the prospect of taking on a sublime Manchester City with a squad who are being stretched to their limits.
In his post-match press conference, the Eagles gaffer told those present that the team had picked up a number of knocks against Wenger’s men, making the upcoming clash with table-topping City all the more daunting. With that in mind, the next month and the business we can get done inside it becomes all the more important.
Given the goalscoring woes of Christian Benteke, we undoubtedly need one if not two new strikers before February, whilst you would assume Hodgson will be keen to add another wide midfielder too, as cover for the ever-present pairing of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha. At the back, fans have long known that the club are on the lookout for another goalkeeper, whilst I wouldn’t rule out Roy hankering after an added bit of depth on the right-hand side of defence given his uncertainty over throwing Timothy Fosu-Mensah in from the start whilst Joel Ward is sidelined through injury.
Given the inflated prices and scarcity of options that are usually on offer in January, we may struggle to meet all of those objectives but from the manager’s comments last night, we can be pretty sure that everyone behind the scenes at Selhurst will be working flat out to reach a satisfactory outcome.
HLTCO will keep you abreast of each and every development along the way.