Crystal Palace need better and more attacking players if they are to reach the next level, says former Premier League manager Paul Jewell.
It was another decent season for Palace, who finished in 14th and quite some distance away from the relegation zone.
However, it probably was not the most exciting of campaigns for supporters, with the Eagles scoring just 41 goals in 38 games.
For Jewell, if they are to improve, they need better quality, especially in attack. The ex-Wigan boss also feels the team’s over-reliance on talisman Wilfried Zaha is a problem.
He told FFC in an exclusive interview:
“If they want to go to the next level, they’ve got to get better players – get better players or more attacking players.
“Obviously quite highly reliant on Zaha and I think that has to change if Crystal Palace are going to look for that next step.”
The Zaha issue in particular is something Palace’s new manager needs to address. In fact, he may have no choice but to given that the south London outfit could lose him this summer.
The Ivory Coast international, who finished the 2020/21 season as Palace’s top scorer with 11 goals, is said to be attracting interest from both Tottenham and Everton. Chairman Steve Parish recently warned, though, that any deal “has to be right for the club”.