With the transfer deadline now approaching fast, Sky Sports News’ Michael Bridge has spoken to Palace boss Roy Hodgson about what we can expect from the Eagles in the closing stages of the window and thankfully, the gaffer’s mood was rather positive.
Given the relatively limited activity we’ve been directly involved in transfer-wise since the conclusion on the 2018-19 season, Palace fans everywhere will be pleased to hear that the boss is hopeful of making five summer signings (three in addition to Jordan Ayew and Gary Cahill) with the position of striker, right-back and left-back likely to be at the top of our agenda.
Roy Hodgson: "We want to buy 4 more players" pic.twitter.com/S20YdkJWmd
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As of yet, we’re all somewhat in the dark as to who the club are targeting in the three positions mentioned above but after some rather dour post-match interviews throughout pre-season, Roy’s sunny disposition yesterday afternoon is certainly a source of comfort. His tone suggested positivity in the minds of Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman over the chances of getting the deals we need done, whilst also touching on Wilfried Zaha (who returned to training yesterday) at the end of the interview.
The Ivory Coast star had been given extended leave, alongside Cheikhou Kouyate after his exploits at the African Cup of Nations but despite mountains of speculation surrounding the winger’s immediate future, Hodgson confirmed that he was “fine” when taking part in the session alongside his teammates. To sell now with next to no time to line up replacements would be the equivalent of suicide from Palace’s board, a fact that is likely to keep him here for at least a few more months. What happens beyond the summer is anyone’s guess but for now, Zaha will be asked to continue giving his all in red and blue.
Do you see us landing solid players in all three of the positions mentioned above? Call it blind faith but I still have an inkling that we’ll pull something decent out of the bag late on.
Watch this space.