Extra quality required for Pulis
Following their disastrous start to the season, Crystal Palace have steadied the ship somewhat since Tony Pulis was appointed manager in November. During his brief tenure at the club Palace have picked up 10 points from his nine games in charge and he has clearly instilled some belief in his players.
January 17th, 2014
With early victories Pulis was able to galvanise the club and ensure that confidence levels increased after a poor start to their Premier League return. However, of late one thing has been missing from the side, and will no doubt prove to be essential in their fight for survival, and that is quality. Whilst it is hard to deny that the side has become more organised and more cohesive in recent times, it is clear that they need more talented options if they are to survive.
The January transfer window can be tedious for many, but for clubs fighting for survival it can be the definitive moment of the season. When you also consider that Palace also have a new manager the situation becomes even more crucial. Of course Pulis will have ideas about who he would like to add to his current squad, but deals in January can often be overinflated.
His targets need to be thought-out and planned. Whilst Chamakh and Gayle have played well recently, a goal scorer would be ideal at this moment of the season. The two main strikers have chipped in with five and four goals respectively but the third-placed player is only on one. The club have to find a method of scoring more goals, or add someone to the squad who can score enough goals to make a difference between now and the end of the season.
A proven striker is essential in any struggle at the end of the season, and with tense games defences cannot always be relied upon to be watertight in the huge six-pointers. Someone who could possibly add half a dozen to a dozen goals between now and May would be ideal for Pulis. However, spending in January can be haphazard and Palace will need to ensure it is the right fit for the club and someone who will enhance the players they already have at their disposal.
Elsewhere the squad could definitely do with strengthening. Some managers coming in before January often don’t get enough time to assess their squad thoroughly before the transfer window opens, but Pulis has been fortunate enough to have a good month or so to make up his mind.
It is likely to be a busy January ahead for CrystalPalace. After a tough start to the season the team looks to have finally turned the corner but there are many more obstacles ahead. A few extra bodies that will enhance the capabilities and quality of the side will prove crucial in the remaining months of the season.