Roy Hodgson has played down talk of Palace spending on new recruits in the January transfer window following the Eagles’ loss at home to Tottenham, saying that despite what is a small squad, he has no idea if there will be money made available to him in the New Year.
Whilst the club is being forced to deal with the long-term absence of Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham, there is surely no denial at boardroom level over the need for us to add some extra firepower heading into the second half of the season, making Hodgson’s comments here all the more disheartening.
Having seen the gaffer use Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend as a makeshift front two, give Jordan Ayew a run as a lone striker and throw Alexander Sørloth into the mix at semi-regular intervals, there is no doubt from those watching on in the stands that we’re woefully understrength at the head of the side, leading to genuine concerns for our Premier League safety unless something is done in January.
We could and by the sounds of it probably will, place all of our hope in Benteke and Wickham retuning from the treatment table to fire us to safety between January and May but you can’t blame any supporters for having little to no faith in that plan coming to fruition, given the evidence provided in the last 12 months from either man.
Yes, the club laid out some £40 million on the pair and continue to pay their extremely generous wage packets despite receiving next to no tangible reward in return but as supporters, it’s hard to watch the side slide towards relegation knowing that little is likely to be done during the upcoming window to rectify the problems staring us all in the face.
Financial Fair Play has been a hot topic throughout football over the last month or so and Palace are quite right to be concerned over the consequences of breaking the rules but it doesn’t make it any easier for fans to hear that there is little chance of a move being made for a goal-scorer in the window that’s now just around the corner.
This campaign has felt like a long, hard slog already and it’s not even Christmas yet.