Roy Hodgson has just warned Crystal Palace fans not to expect many signings this summer - Our View
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Roy Hodgson has just warned Crystal Palace fans not to expect many signings this summer - Our View

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So, it’s official. Roy Hodgson is back at Crystal Palace for another season after guiding us to 11th in the Premier League last term.

The 75-year-old has extended his contract by a further 12 months, although Crystal Palace fans should probably be a bit concerned by what he said in the announcement of his return.

So, what did Roy Hodgson say? Let’s take a look…

What’s the story?

Well, there was a strong emphasis on the existing talent at Selhurst Park in the official announcement, rather than an acceptance that investment is needed.

Hodgson told the club’s official website: “I know what a fantastic squad we have here. It’s a great blend of youth and potential, alongside experienced players with Premier League and international pedigree.

“I have spoken with the Chairman at length and we agreed that we must be ambitious in getting the most out of such talent.”

It seems telling – in our view at least – that the word ambitious was followed by mentioning our existing players, rather than any comment about dipping into the transfer market to strengthen the squad further.

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Hodgson also boldly admitted that he is targeting a top ten finish in the 2023/24 campaign – a goal which will surely take a bit of investment to reach given the strength of the Premier League nowadays.

If Wilfried Zaha decides not to sign a new contract as well, the need for investment will increase significantly.

Hodgson should demand two areas are improved

Hodgson is not wrong – there is plenty of talent at Selhurst Park already.

However – if we are going to secure a top ten finish – he must push Steve Parish to buy him a new striker and a new right-back.

Those are the two main areas which need an injection of quality, as Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne – aged 33 and 32 respectively – do not go forward enough, which hinders the side as a whole.

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In regards to the striker department, Odsonne Edouard was our top-scoring striker with just seven goals in the 2022/23 campaign, so we could do with another frontman.

Hopefully, Parish helps Hodgson back up his comments about a top ten finish with some shrewd moves in the market, following the impressive signing of Jefferson Lerma on a free transfer.

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