Big Talking Point: Is Crystal Palace’s fate a formality?

Crystal Palace manager will be targeting experienced Premier League players in the January transfer market, report MailOnline.

The London club currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League having lost all seven of their opening games of the campaign, without scoring a single goal.

Hodgson came in to replace the sacked Frank de Boer but is yet to find a way of halting Palace’s rapid decline, but will his reported plans for the January transfer window give him half a chance of keeping Palace in the big time?

Our writers have their say…

Christy Malyan

We’ve seen some incredible great escapes throughout Premier League history, not least including Sam Allardyce’s at Crystal Palace last season.

But for Roy Hodgson so pull one of this time around would constitute easily the greatest yet; Palace look set to go eight games without a point or a goal when they host Chelsea this weekend, the worst start to a Premier League campaign by a considerable distance.

That being said, there’s no doubt this Palace squad has proven Premier League ability and survival instincts when it comes to the final run in – if Hodgson can bring in a few shrewd signings to balance out a squad that was skewed somewhat by Frank de Boer’s summer signings, the Eagles have half a chance of staying up.

John McGinley

We’re not at the miracle stage with Palace quite yet. Yes their situation is grim but, discounting the de Boer debacle, there are valid reasons.

The fixtures have not been kind to Roy Hodgson since he arrived at the club. The two in-form Manchester teams back-to-back, followed by Chelsea? The fixture computer dealt him a rough hand with that run.

Hodgson has the sense to recruit smartly and if they are still within single digits of escaping the relegation zone by January, I’d back him to get the job done.

Chris McMullan

The obvious comparison will be made with Sam Allardyce because the departure of the former England boss is what led Crystal Palace into their very fine mess in the first place. It’s not an overly accurate one, though.

Mamadou Sakho was clearly Allardyce’s most important January import last season, but surely his second most vital was Luka Milivojevic from Olympiacos. When he kept Sunderland in the Premier League in 2015/16, Allardyce brought in the likes of Jan Kirchhoff, Wahbi Khazri and Lamine Kone, none of whom had previous Premier League experience. What he did was find value in the market.

Indeed, it was David Moyes who spent the second half of last season talking about getting ‘more Britishness’ in the middle of the pitch before taking an abject side to the Championship.

Premier League experience doesn’t mean ‘British’, of course, but Hodgson should make sure he’s looking for the right players to make his squad better, not just Premier League players no-one else wants who will just rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

James Beavis

Seven defeats from seven fixtures and no goals shows the difficult situation that Crystal Palace find themselves in right now, and a match against Chelsea on Saturday is certainly not what they need right now.

Are they doomed already? Well, while they are in a precarious position you always feel that the first goal and point/win could set the Eagles on a bit of a roll, and I maintain that perhaps outside of the top six in the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone and that will always mean that Hodgson has a chance of keeping them up.

He needs some of those victories on the board before the January transfer window, though.

 


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