With the January transfer window now a distant memory, many teams will undoubtedly be looking ahead to the summer window in order to establish a strategy for improvement.
Crystal Palace are no exception to the rule but they need to focus on trimming the wage bill as well as recruitment.
Dominic Fifield noted in his Palace season preview, per The Guardian, that their wage bill has restricted them in their endeavour to bring fresh blood into the club and, with that in mind, FFC believe three players should be offloaded to put a major dent in the wage bill.
Let’s take a look…
Christian Benteke’s seemingly perennial spiral into footballing oblivion is showing no sign of relenting.
He has played just 576 minutes across a total of 16 games in all competitions this season, failing to net a single goal or assist in the process.
Needless to say, with his role diminishing and his goal scoring prowess nowhere in sight, the Belgium international is a prime candidate for a summer exit.
Given that he is currently the team’s third-highest earner, pulling in £6.24m per year, it doesn’t make much financial sense for Roy Hodgson to keep him beyond the 2020 window.
It’s a similar story for Connor Wickham – another centre-forward who seems finished in south London.
The 26-year-old is currently out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, where he moved in the January transfer window.
Interestingly enough, this is not his first stint with the Championship side as he made 17 appearances, scoring nine goals and providing three assists, during a previous loan spell.
With Crystal Palace’s latest decision to send him on loan implying Wickham is surplus to requirements, it’s about time they offloaded him on a permanent basis.
Not to mention that getting £3.12m-per-year off the books would be a huge boost for the Eagles.
The situation with Meyer is a bit more complicated than the two aforementioned cases.
The 24-year-old Germany international arrived at Selhurst Park in a cloud of excitement back in 2018, but has failed to impress since then.
It doesn’t really help that Hodgson often deploys him out wide, a decision which doesn’t appear to align well with the midfielder’s core attributes.
Just this season, for instance, Meyer has been deployed as a right-winger in four out of eight games Transfermarkt have in their database. Of course, his underwhelming performances also mean he’s not getting picked nearly as often as he should be, with just 625 minutes played across all competitions so far this season.
And given he’s on a huge £125k-per-week wage, which equates to £6.5m per year, offloading Meyer may actually be a necessary evil to ensure Palace don’t encounter similar restrictions to those Fifield alluded to in his season preview.
When we add all three players’ annual wages together, we get a mammoth sum of £15.86m which Palace would save by offloading them in the summer.