Hodgson Gives A Worryingly Honest Update On Palace’s Transfer Plans

1 Posted by - July 16, 2018 - News

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.

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20 Comments

  • David Bane July 16, 2018 - 5:21 am Reply

    I am not surprised we are not spending. I believe that opportunities to consolidate our status have been present since we returned to the top division. They have not been taken. Too many managers. Not the right number or quality of signings. Despite the obvious affection Steve Parish and his management group enjoy I cannot help but see them as the common denominator in our lack of progress.

  • Robert Lycett July 16, 2018 - 6:40 am Reply

    So it’s called case of ‘poor mother Hodges’… there’s no cash in the cupboard!
    Well, here we go again!
    I wish I had the same confidence about the first XI as you do…they’ll be joining Conner on the long-term sick list, knowing our luck.
    Hope there’s enough money to pay for Steve’s ‘wet dream’ stadium makeover…”tidiest club in League One.” Visiting fans will comment.
    So more of the same?
    It’ll be all over by Christmas!!

  • terence carter July 16, 2018 - 7:00 am Reply

    listen this club got 142 million in prize meney.don,t tell me we can,t spend 30 million or so.because otherwise what chance have we,and why oh why have parish and company spent the budget on this and previous sesaons unwisely.where,s the buisness man in all this.or is parish going to close his eye,s and pray that roy,pulls it out of the bag again.wow,were all looking forward to a great new season,i don,t think.

  • Coops July 16, 2018 - 7:01 am Reply

    With the greatest of respect Mr Lynette, do one, there are far too many needy supporters following Palace now. So, we have no money, so what, we are still Palace. I bet you were one of the supporters screaming for us to sign Sakho, well unfortunately we are still paying for him. Would you rather we just go bust instead. Roy understands the situation but it would appear a lot of the fans dont. HOL, is full of them, so why don’t you join your mates over there.

  • Spiceboy July 16, 2018 - 7:43 am Reply

    It’s worrying how we never really buy quality young players who have a good sell on fee or find a hidden free transfer jem to add a bit of depth to the squad. We seem to buy over priced players sakho, benteke who have high wages no sell on fee and drain our budget. Our transfer business has been aweful with the exception of big Sam and seriously what is the point of a plush stadium in the championship. All our rivals buy wisely 10-15 million pound players I fear we are relying on a loan deal for cheek & perhaps a cheap midfielder if we don’t get either of those not looking good. We should at least try to cash in on Williams & wickham as they r always injured someone must be stupid enough to make a bid? I feel sorry for wilf no players coming in to progress the club to a top 10 finish I really would not blame him for wanting to leave.

    • Kevin O'Brien July 16, 2018 - 8:48 am Reply

      This is precisely my thoughts on the matter. If we don’t show any ambition to progress then Wilf won’t be the only one to be tempted by offers from more ambitious, bigger clubs.

  • Alex Purchas July 16, 2018 - 7:57 am Reply

    when FDB was sacked i said it was coz he wasn’t backed in the transfer market. Some how we survived but unlike the likes of West Ham we are not learning. Last season i was worried about our strike force we could have got one of two in last year (tosan and niasse) but no the the big Ben got injured as soon as the window shut and we don’t lean from a lesson like that. The bottom line seems to be our so called investers are more interested in dividends than improving the team as for the new Stadium sorry stand what a load of bollocks that is are they just going to leave the Arthur Wait stand?

  • John July 16, 2018 - 8:14 am Reply

    Those bemoaning the spends on players like Benteke, Sakho Milo, Van Anholt et all, and previous to that on players like Cabaye should remember that without that expenditure they would in all probability already be watching Championship games. I support Parrish who appreciates the ground has to grow capacity as well as the team if we are to have a sucessful sustainable Premier League future. CPFC is a business and any business spends and plans carefully.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 16, 2018 - 8:54 am Reply

    When you look at the strengthening that Brighton, Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield have done together with Newcastle retaining their best loan players, Fulham signing Seri and Wolves signing some Jorge Mendes start – including Rui Patricio – then it is hard to see three worse teams.

    Cardiff have signed plenty but still had a weak squad to start. Bournmouth have only signed Brooks from Sheff Utd and Burnley haven’t made any signings AND have Europe.

    I thought the whole purpose of the American investors was a cash injection to establish us? I thought the purpose of Freedman was to identify good, cheap players for us to develop and sell on?

    Given we are being told there is no money and everyone we are linked to -Antonio, Wilshere, Ings etc. – is expensive and on high wages.

    We have lost Cabeye and RLC so are actually weaker than last season and Roy, for all his benefits, is not someone known to promote youngsters so the chances of Kirby, Lokilo and Daly really stepping up is quite slim. If we’re not careful there will be a Swansea/Sunderland style hire and fire cycle until the inevitable relegation feels like an act of mercy.

    • Alex Purchas July 16, 2018 - 9:07 am Reply

      Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh. You said ot alll

  • Tom July 16, 2018 - 9:28 am Reply

    I know that financial fair play is hampering us but how is a club like West Ham able to spend so much and we can’t pull out one decent signing?

  • Mike Ward July 16, 2018 - 10:46 am Reply

    Only Palace fans can, in the same paragraph, complain about not bringing in big name talent and also about the cost of the previous big name talent that we brought in (Sakho and Benteke).

    When you look at the list of players brought in they unquestionably improve the squad; Benteke, Sakho, Milivojevic, PVA, Schlupp, Guaita, Tomkins. We can’t seriously say we haven’t add to the squad with those players.
    Incidentally Benteke, PVA and Milivojevic are 27, Tomkins 29. Schlupp 25. All relatively young players.
    Benteke had a shocker of a season last year but has had a rest this summer. If he starts scoring goals again Selhurst park will be a happy place.

    Of course it isn’t ideal. I was hoping we were keeping quiet and saving all our cash for Reuben but that doesn’t seem likely.
    It is a shame that both Cabaye and Bakary Sako left on frees but were we really in a position to sell them on last season? We needed Cabaye and Sako plus after that Sako was out injured so a tough sell given the serious nature of his injury.
    Wickham is back, Sorløth is getting more experience under is belt, Suare is back, Puncheon is back, Dann on his way.
    And several young players coming through the ranks looking promising and likely to play a role if we don’t bring in many new players.

    Yes it’s not ideal but this is Crystal Palace. What do we really expect?
    Last season saw a ridiculous number of injuries, managerial turmoil, a record-breakingly bad start to the season and our main striker and most expensive ever player score 3 goals all season.

    Honestly, even in my most pessimistic of moods, do we really think we could face all of that again?
    And despite all of that, with the fans behind the team and Roy we finished 11th!!!
    Have we forgotten what a not-so minor miracle that was?
    Plus we have a new keeper!!

    We’re gonna win the league!!
    Perhaps not, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Yet.

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 16, 2018 - 10:59 am Reply

      I think when you look at teams like Swansea, Sunderland and Wigan who pulled the same trick again and again then ended up in League 1 it is quite easy to imagine.

      Last year it was also unusually tight, the points tally is masked by the league position.

      Not signing a single player, or, leaving it until the last minute are both risky strategies in terms of how much of an impact the signing will make and their cost.

      I think what most fans are annoyed about is the lack of organisation: Linked to everyone/sign no one, can’t put accounts in on time when all 19 other teams did, can’t keep a manager for more than a season – with two (Allegedly) resigning (or ‘retiring’) over transfer issues and when we do sign someone it is a last minute.com deal in which we either pay over the odds (Sakho, Benteke) or get someone who wasn’t our main target (Jach, Rakip, Marange, Kebe, Adebeyor).

      If Guatia doesn’t settle, Benteke keeps on missing and Wilf gets injured the season will be very long in deed.

      • Gordon July 16, 2018 - 4:11 pm Reply

        Further to your final sentence, Jose, don’t forget that Hodgson could have a heart attack, our training ground facilities could be burnt to the ground in an arson attack by jealous Chelsea fans, and Sakho might have a sex change and transfer to Palace Ladies, It’s such a worrying world when you think of everything that could go wrong!

        • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 17, 2018 - 12:43 pm Reply

          Yes, but, unlike your hyperbolic examples, two of these things happened last season and the other happened the season before with a similar player.

          • Gordon July 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm

            Fair comment, Jose. – and it’s not every day that hyperbolic appears in a football blog.
            Last season was undeniably a nightmare for us. If anything could go wrong, it did. But surely it couldn’t happen again? – it’s another club’s turn. Planning for that level of disaster may be affordable for the top teams but I wonder if we could or should splash the cash to cover this dire scenario that is, after all, less than likely.
            And if others (as they have elsewhere on HLTCO), argue that we should do so and sacrifice the stadium development, I disagree. If we want to develop and attract good players we must have decent facilities and a positive, progressive image. Our stadium is not up to PL or Championship standard. It is an embarrassment. The plan the club has put in place is so impressive. We’ve got planning permission. We must proceed.

    • Ben July 16, 2018 - 11:50 am Reply

      Finally, Mike, someone talking sense on this site.

  • Liam Delaney July 16, 2018 - 11:08 am Reply

    Simple reality is that the management team are not going to say that we have loads of money to spend! Simply won’t do us any good! Not sure saying that we are poor will help either!

  • Yourspellingisshite July 16, 2018 - 11:24 am Reply

    If parish knew this he should have ensured we kept cabaye and sako instead of reducing their wages ,

  • Gordon July 16, 2018 - 1:55 pm Reply

    I’ve enjoyed following this discussion. I’ve a glass halffull outlook so lean towards Mike’s views.
    We’ve had so many managerial changes over the last 5 seasons that it’s not awlways easy to remember which managers had the best transfer window. Holloway in 13/14 spent nearly £20m bringing in 12 players in a manic spending spree. Some never made it but the 12 included Gayle, Phillips, Jerome & Chamakk. When you look back to that squad, it’s been seriously upgraded year by year.
    Allardyce’s singings in Jan 17 stabilised our defence. He spent £37.5m on Milivojevic, Schlupp, van Aanholt & Sakho (on loan). This was on top of the £8.5m net Pardew had spent in the summer bringing Benteke, Townsend & Tomkins to the club. £46m is a huge sum for a club like ours to spend in one season. And under de Boer we spent a further £33.5m on signing Sakho permanently & Riedewald. Under Hodgson last Jan we spent £9.5m on Sorloth & Jach. That’s £89m in 2 seasons.
    One of the highlights of last season was Wan-Bissaka breaking into the first team showing that Hodgson is prepared to give youngsters a chance. Lewington has recently been promoting Nya Kirby verbally and I hope that he’ll be promoted literally to the first team squad this season. Having paid so much on Sorloth & Jach I feel they, too, must be given a chance to give us some return on that investment. We also need a couple of loan deals again – hopefully including Loftus-Cheek.
    As I see it, we’ve been punching well above our weight in the transfer market. Yes, the tv income & prize money is huge, but so is our wage bill. I saw a table a few months back showing PL club wage expenditure as a proportion of income, and we were worryingly close to the top of that table.

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