Hodgson reiterates need for more signings at Palace

Date published: Monday 15th January 2018 8:32

Roy Hodgson insists Crystal Palace cannot allow their transfer ambitions to change despite beating Burnley with eight first-team players out injured.

The manager confirmed Palace are yet to make progress in their pursuit of Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita but he remains adamant they require competition for Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni, in addition to a new striker.

Prior to the victory over Burnley he had said that Palace required “three or four” signings even before the injuries suffered by Scott Dann, Joel Ward, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham.

That they then impressed and climbed up to 12th in the Premier League may have tempted him to delay his recruitment until the summer, which is widely considered the less risky transfer window, but Hodgson said: “Nothing changes.

“These games can be dangerous in that respect because if we start changing our targets and think everything is flying then no. There’s still only Christian Benteke (as a recognised striker).

“(Bakary) Sako is doing well up there, but he was a left winger.

“That is not a Premier League bench. I’m looking at other Premier League players who are experienced, on the bench, and hoping to get a chance. To say that it’s not a problem and you can continue with this run is ludicrous.

“We have got a goalkeeper who is doing well and another who has been a wonderful club servant but if one of them gets injured then we’ve only got one.”

Discussing the recent presence of American owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer in London alongside club chairman Steve Parish, the manager added: “I’ve got three people who know sport.

“They know when things are going well, that’s the time you have to watch out most, because that’s when you get caught with your pants down, because you’re thinking you’ve solved the problem.

“We all fully understand where we are and what needs to be done if we are to maintain our Premier League status.”

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