Repeat Of Palace’s Summer Transfer Window Could be Fatal
In Roy Hodgson’s mind, there is no doubt as to where Palace’s current problems have come from.
His Palace side sat rooted to the bottom of the table when he took the job. Losing seven on the bounce had the former England manager saying “we shot ourselves in the foot.”
Who could argue with him? He was spot on when he said they have cut their season short by a fifth.
Palace have it all to do but Hodgson is hoping life in the basement of the Premier League will be short lived once the January transfer market arrives. When asked about the upcoming transfer market and the prospect of money being available to him Hodgson said, “yes, of course. The more money they give me to spend the happier I shall be.”
That would probably be the answer given by all of the other nineteen managers in the league but, in Palace’s case, it is more of a necessity than a luxury. After all, the only team that brought in fewer players than Palace during the summer transfer market was Arsenal and one cannot help but wonder if Hodgson’s reference about shooting themselves in the foot was aimed at Steve Parish.
Apart from spending £26million on Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool, Palace largely dealt in free transfers and loans. Hodgson may see the owners as the ones to blame for not backing Frank de Boer properly, which helped contribute towards the mess they are now in.
The Eagles have picked up ten points in eleven games under Hodgson and are slowly becoming a stronger unit that are harder to beat. They are on a four game unbeaten run that has seen back to back clean sheets away from home. With a bit of backing by the owners in January, the evidence is there to suggest Hodgson has the ability to navigate Palace out of troubled waters.
Out of all the teams loitering around the foot of the table, the Eagles seem most likely to soar out of trouble and Everton have shown what can happen with a few consecutive wins. The odds on Palace going down are 15/8 and punters who think Hodgson can keep their resurgent form up can access a £20 Paddy Power free bet from Oddschecker.
It won’t be easy but, in Hodgson, the Eagles have the best man for the job.
At this stage of the season, it is too late to not back Hodgson if Palace are serious about staying up. There is a lot at stake and, as it stands, Hodgson and his squad are doing their bit. It is now up to the owners to meet the manager and the fans halfway.
Roy Hodgson has put the ball firmly in the court of chairman Steve Parish. If Palace are not to shoot themselves in the foot again, they will need the purse strings opening. Otherwise, hobbling over the line in the same place they are in now is a real possibility come the end of the season.