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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has spoken to Sky Sports about his side’s transfer dealings this summer, and things do not sound too promising for the south Londoners.
The Eagles have made just two signings this summer in the form of 31-year-old goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and Jordan Ayew, but neither of them look set to have a major impact on the first-team – Ayew isn’t even technically a ‘new’ face as he spent last season on loan at the club.
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Speaking to Sky Sports (via Daily Mail) about his side’s business, the 71-year-old said: “I thought that we were all pretty much on the same page that we definitely need players, because our squad is very, very small. But I’m afraid at the moment we are still there with the ones who started pre-season.
“We don’t have two right-backs at the club at the moment, we don’t have two left-backs either. Simple things like that need dealing with.”
Even just the first few words of that passage don’t bode well in terms of Hodgson’s relationship with chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman.
It sounds as if the former England manager feels let down, and is desperate for some new faces to bolster his squad.
Referring to the fact he ‘thought’ they were on the same page feels as if Hodgson had agreed with Parish and Freedman that reinforcements in the window were key, but seems upset that nothing has materialised as of yet.
Also, referring to signing a Wan-Bissaka replacement as a ‘simple thing’ implies the former Liverpool boss is getting agitated that such a task hasn’t been completed yet.
There is still plenty of time to go, but the Eagles boss rightly sounds discontent about the state of his squad heading into the new season.