Crystal Palace have started the new Premier League season remarkably well but for boss Roy Hodgson, it’s clear that the January window is already playing on his mind, with a hope that the club can make additions in areas they failed to strengthen over the summer.
The Eagles currently sit 9th with 11 points after just 7 league fixtures but with West Ham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool consecutively in their next 6 games, Roy will know better than anyone that the sense of early optimism which is bubbling across SE25 could disperse as quickly as it’s arrived.
Speaking directly about his wishes for the New Year window, Hodgson said:
“It’s a great pity we don’t have that luxury and amount of choice [that we do at the back] in other areas because it would help us enormously had we had that.
But that is something I’m hoping, from the club’s point of view, can be put right in the January transfer window.
If we are talking about centre-backs, we have five of them and all five of them are exceptionally good and today Scott Dann and James Tomkins were on the bench.
Mamadou Sakho is injured, but hopefully it is not an injury which will keep him out for months, so we’re very fortunate in that area.
Of course there are areas of our team where the competition for places and ability I have to replace injured players is a lot more hazardous.”
It’s no great secret that Palace are in desperate need of reinforcements, both at the head of the side and at full-back but it’s still good to hear the manager directly reference it as an area to improve upon when the next opportunity arises. Should we manage to make it to the start of 2020 with a gap between ourselves and the drop-zone, you’d hope and expect that a sprinkling of new faces would be enough to see us over the line without too much of a hiccup.
Keep your fingers crossed for a productive start to the new calendar year.