TalkSport insider Alex Crook has provided an update on the transfer situation at Crystal Palace and their plans for the rest of the window.
The Eagles have been in something of a rebuilding mode this summer. Having had to get rid of a number of players who were out of contract, they have gone about building for the future by bringing in a number of young players to give the squad a fresher feel under new boss Patrick Vieira.
The new squad hasn’t managed to get off to the best start to the season, though, picking up just one point out of a possible six and failing to score a goal in either of their two Premier League games so far.
This was a cause for concern for Crook who, speaking on the TalkSport GameDay podcast, spoke about Palace’s lack of attacking threat and didn’t seem to think that their business between now and the end of the window would do much to help the situation:
“We’ve mentioned this before that they don’t score any goals and they’re too reliant on Wilfried Zaha. As far as I know, there are no plans to recruit a striker, I think they’re trying to get Will Hughes – doesn’t really add what they need.”
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The stats from last year do emphasise Crook’s point when it comes to their reliance on Zaha, with only Christian Benteke joining him in double digits for goals scored, and if the club aren’t going to bring in another forward, then it may well be the same story again unless the rest of the team can start chipping in with goals as well.
The early signs certainly do suggest that there might be struggles at Selhurst Park, but at the same time that’s exactly what they are – early signs. It’s hard to really get a feel for any team after just two games, one of which was away to the European champions, but that is especially true for a side like Crystal Palace who are still going through major changes.
And of course, there’s still time in the window for them to change their plans about what they intend to do, so it’s probably fair to leave it just a little bit longer before we start to really analyse their chances this upcoming season.