Why It May Be A Good Idea To Freshen Up The Palace Squad
Despite a recent winless run in the Premier League, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for Crystal Palace fans to be concerned about their season so far. The Eagles are on course for one of their best finishes in the Premier League in the history of the club.
But the difficult Christmas and New Year period has proved that the current squad is possibly lacking some depth. Where other managers have had the luxury of rotating their starting eleven over the past few weeks, Pardew has not been able to bring in like-for-like players into his starting line-up.
The Eagles boss has been patient so far during this window but their defeat to Aston Villa may force his hand and we could see Palace become active the closer we get to deadline day. They are as of 15th January at odds of 7/1 in the Premier League betting to finish in the top six this season.
Where can the Eagles improve?
Palace have struggled for goals recently so it would be a big surprise if Pardew did not sign a striker.
Their top goalscorer so far this season is Yohan Cabaye so they are really missing a striker who can be hitting double figures for the campaign in the Premier League.
Patrick Bamford’s loan spell from Chelsea did not work out well so the 22-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge, while the club let go of Glenn Murray in the summer because they thought they were over-subscribed in that department.
Dwight Gayle also been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park so Pardew may only have three registered strikers left in his squad if he does bring in any fresh faces.
It is always difficult finding top quality strikers in January as not many clubs are reluctant to let go of their players with little time to find a replacement. One option Palace have is Emmanuel Adebayor who is currently without a club after being released by Tottenham.
The Togo international has a wealth of Premier League experience and, at 31 years old, could still have something to offer Pardew. The former Arsenal and Manchester City man has scored 96 times in England and would be keen to sign for another Premier League team.
Meanwhile, a number of clubs, including Palace, are thought to be enquiring with Chelsea about the services of Loic Remy. There may be the possibility that the West London club will allow the Frenchman to go out on loan to another Premier League side. Palace may just suit Remy, if that is the case, as he would not need to relocate.
The other option some Premier League clubs looked at was Charlie Austin, who is now plying his trade at Southampton after signing a cut price deal from Queens Park Rangers. The Englishman remained with Rangers in the summer despite the club being relegated from the top flight at the end of last season.