Roy Hodgson has admitted that he has no idea how much money he’ll have to spend on transfers in the upcoming window despite mathematically securing Palace’s Premier League status with a victory away at Arsenal last weekend.
Despite there still being two games left to play in the 2018/19 campaign, Eagles fans everywhere have begun to cast their minds towards the summer, with speculation gathering pace as to who those behind the scenes in SE25 will look to bring into the squad between now and August.
With Michy Batshuayi all set to return to parent club Chelsea and the likes of Benteke, Wickham, Sørloth and Jordan Ayew all failing to find the back of the net on a regular basis, it looks highly likely that we’ll move for a striker or two but as of yet, specific names or even a rough guide towards our budget remains pure guesswork.
This of course could be down to the continuing uncertainty over the long-term futures of Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka who are both being heavily linked with big money moves away from Selhurst between now and the start of next season. Whilst we are yet to receive concrete bids for either man, any suitable offers for either player will obviously boost our summer war-chest significantly and alter the plans we’ve currently got drawn up recruitment wise.
The press are always going to probe managers for nuggets of information over future transfers in or out but in Hodgson they always come up against a figurative brick wall. Maybe it’s down to the years he’s spent in the game or maybe it’s just his personality but Roy seems to despise chatter about such trivial matters and never fails to react in a prickly manner when pressed for comment. Part of me loves it as you’re never left fretting about him making false promises but for some, the flat refusal to indulge what is part and parcel of modern management grates a tad.
Will we be spending a great deal if Zaha and Wan-Bissaka remain on our books next term? Probably not but I would argue that holding onto the pair would represent a real coup for the club regardless. One thing that does seem relatively certain is Hodgson’s continued presence in the dugout.