Ahead of the new Premier League season, plenty of Palace fans will have been hopeful of seeing the club splash some cash in the transfer market but over the weekend, Eagles gaffer Roy Hodsgon admitted that the club aren’t expecting to spend a great deal between now and Deadline Day.
Whilst our current crop of players is rather small, the former England boss has revealed that the club are still paying off a sizeable amount in old transfer fees, limiting what is available to us this time around. Whether those installments relate to the deals for Benteke, Sakho, Milivojevic, Van Aanholt, Tomkins or Schlupp doesn’t really matter, the bottom line is that we shouldn’t expect any big money moves from the club between now and August.
Given the summer departures of Cabaye, Sako, Loftus-Cheek and Fosu-Mensah, there are widespread concerns over how we’ll cope in the Premier League next term without significant reinforcements being brought in but for now, it looks as though we’ll be looking to explore the loan market to fill the holes that have been created since May.
From a personal perspective, I remain confident over how our first-choice starting XI will get on next season but just as was the case for much of the last campaign, it feels as though we lack the sort of strength in depth necessary to push ourselves into the top half of the division.
Part of me feels desperately sorry for Roy, given the miracle he pulled off to take us clear of the relegation zone between September and May. He would have loved the chance to bring in three or four quality operators over the summer in the hope of kicking onto the next level but at the time of writing, it feels as though we’ll be devoting most of our time between now and Deadline Day to fending off the mountains of interest we have in our best performers.