Roy Hodgson hasn’t had a huge amount of dealings with Crystal Palace’s US-based part owners since first joining the club back in September but after speaking to them at length last week, he seemed happy with their plans for the January transfer window.
Regardless of the fact that the former England gaffer has been able to put together a run of form worthy of a top half finish over the last 12 games, he’s still very keen to highlight the need for far greater squad depth whenever he’s asked for an opinion in the press.
Thanks to the injuries sustained by Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp, our New Year recruitment plans have been altered somewhat in recent weeks, leaving me all the more pleased to read that Roy is feeling so positive about the direction the club is heading in following his first chance to talk with Harris and Blitzer face to face.
Fans are bound to be getting a little twitchy given the fact that we’re now over halfway through the January window and haven’t made any signings but as Hodgson himself has pointed out, very little business has been done by any English club so far in 2018.
Whilst it doesn’t sound as though we can expect any official announcements over new arrivals in the next 24 to 48 hours, there are plenty of players (Guaita, Amadou, Bababcar & Niasse) who we are undoubtedly working on deals for, which at least assures the fan-base over our intentions heading into the next two weeks.
With the likes of Sakho, Ward and Loftus-Cheek likely to return from the treatment table in the next two to four weeks, supporters have every right to hope that, with a couple of new signings, Roy and the boys can put enough points on the board to be clear of the drop zone by May. It’s been a remarkable turnaround in the last four months and although we should be careful not to expect too much from the team going forward, we certainly seem to be on the right track again on both at the training ground and in the boardroom.