EAGLES columnist WILL TAYLOR on why he doesn’t feel Tony Pulis needs to make too many signings in this month’s transfer window.
ALL over the world, people are hastily forming and begrudgingly implementing an array of new year resolutions in an attempt to spark some form of improvement.
Football clubs are no different, with the January transfer window providing the perfect opportunity to throw money at perceived long-term yet ultimately short-term solutions.
But for Crystal Palace there is no such need for drastic change, especially after a promising series of results over a gluttonous festive fixture list.
The sheer euphoria derived from Dwight Gayle's Boxing Day winner against Aston Villa washed away any trace of the pummelling Newcastle had delivered just days earlier.
And while the club could not disrupt Manchester City's prestigious home record, they certainly came closest to causing an upset.
Manuel Pellegrini's post-match frustrations offered the perfect compliment to the tactical nous of Tony Pulis, who matched the table-toppers without his previous reliance for aerial bombardment and physical depravity.
If I'm being hypercritical, the point achieved at home to Norwich should have been three.
But again the team bounced back with an inspiring 2-0 victory at West Brom without essential figures Mile Jedinak and Joel Ward.
Supporters would certainly prefer points in the league rather than progression in the cup, but as the next round commences in the final week of January it should provide an opportunity to bed in any new recruits.
Pulis has repeatedly outlined his desire to bring in reinforcements and while they would be welcome, the club may struggle to meet his demands having endured a particularly expensive summer.
I am eager to see how the appointment of sporting director Iain Moody will shape our somewhat haphazard tradition of pursuing transfer targets.
The story of Darren Bent’s diverted medical was the closest we came to a genuinely exciting signing and even though he has hardly transformed the fortunes of Fulham, this is the type of players Pulis will be eyeing up.
Recent media speculation has conjured up all kinds of glamorous names.
These include Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis and Chelsea misfit Demba Ba, who nearly linked up with Pulis in 2011 but for his medical team to describe his knee a “ticking time-bomb”.
Perhaps Pulis will favour familiarity over the exotic and seek out those he has worked with before.
Peter Crouch has been tipped for a move south but while he offers a reliable goal threat, his presence would surely undermine the high-tempo, daisy cutting football that has surprised fans thus far.
Matthew Etherington has also been touted, offering a wealth of experience and eagerness to pepper balls into the box.
However, I can't see the need for him with Yannick Bolasie and Barry Bannan shining on the flanks in recent weeks, plus there is established professional Jerome Thomas yet to return from injury.
Marc Wilson is one name I would welcome to the club, with his defensive versatility offering a suitable solution to our troubles at left-back.
Jason Puncheon is widely expected to be the first ‘new’ arrival, with the midfielder close to making his loan move from Southampton permanent following a resurgence in form under Pulis.
This would free up a valuable loan slot but those dreaming of a return for Wilfried Zaha will be disheartened to learn a deal looks increasingly unlikely.
Pulis revealed he had tried to lure Zaha back to SE25 during conversations with David Moyes, only to be told both player and his new club would see the move as step backwards.
The Eagles boss did however reveal there were irons in other fires and that he was keen to wheel and deal wherever possible.
And with Ian Holloway now taking up residence at The Den, our biggest accomplishment this month could be the amount of deadwood we can ship off to South Bermondsey.
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