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Crystal Palace Will “Definitely Improve The Squad” In January

Neil Warnock has claimed that Crystal Palace will definitely be strengthening their squad in the January transfer window, with attacking additions seemingly the main priority.

With Glenn Murray having already left on loan and the likes of Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh regularly occupying the substitute’s bench, it’s not exactly a case of Warnock being starved of goalscoring alternatives from week to week, but when speaking to TalkSPORT last weekend, he seemed adamant that signings would be made.

He said:

“The chairman and I have been talking this week about increasing the squad, and we will definitely do that in January.

“But we’re not going to sign people for the sake of it.

“We’re looking at a few strikers from abroad and, no disrespect to Palace, but the top strikers in Europe go to the top clubs and we won’t be able to spend money to compete with them.

“We’ve got decent players as it is, it’s a good group here.

“Fraizer Campbell was super today, Marouane Chamakh is chomping at the bit to play and then we’ve got players like Dwight Gayle and Kevin Doyle, they’re good strikers these lads.

“So you’ve got to look at these players abroad and think, ‘are they better than what we’ve already got?’

“I’d very much like to increase the squad but I’m not going to panic and spend money for the sake of it.”

Unless we change our formation to accommodate more attacking options following the next transfer window, I struggle to see how the manager will be able to keep all of the striker’s we have at the club content.

Admittedly, Kevin Doyle and Andy Johnson will simply be happy to be part of a Premier League squad, but in the cases of the aforementioned trio, there would surely need to be some sort of rotation policy to keep smiles on faces.

It would be nice to see Gayle or Chamakh given a chance from the start against West Brom this weekend, although Campbell seems more than likely to retain his place as Warnock’s favoured frontman, leaving the others wondering how they’ll force their way into contention.

Who would you start at the head of the side?

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Warnock Claims Zaha Is “More Disciplined” After United Nightmare

Wilfried Zaha hasn’t played as often as he or the majority of Palace fans first expected after his summer return from Manchester United, but having come off the bench to grab an assist against Chelsea yesterday, Neil Warnock insists that he and the winger are on the same wavelength.

With Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie having regularly been preferred to Zaha from the start by the Palace boss in recent weeks, it had looked as though the academy graduate may be lost the spark that saw him shine for us during his first spell, but it’s fair to say, that after his introduction yesterday, we posed far more of a threat in the final third.

Speaking about Zaha’s performance yesterday evening, Warnock said:

Wilfried has been working very hard with me for the past 10 days.

“He knows what I think about him and what I am going to do with him. He’s clear about that.

“His discipline is a lot better. He’s learning when to do his tricks and when not to do his tricks.

“If he gets the ball in the right area, he’s as good as anybody.

“He has gone to a massive club early on in his career where you don’t get a lot of coaching. I think that’s what he needs.

“His attitude has been super for me.”

Whilst many had expected Zaha to arrive back in SE25 and automatically become a regular starter once again, the reality has seen him having to work for his opportunities to impress. There was a school of thought that suggested, given Yannick Bolasie’s international exploits last week, Wilfried would have been given a starting place by the manager yesterday, but once more, he was forced to bide his time.

Regularly, Warnock has made reference to the lack of appropriate care and attention he felt Zaha got during his first year at Old Trafford, with yesterday being no different. Whether or not his apparent improvement in the last 10 days will lead to a starting place against West Brom is anyone’s guess, but I certainly wouldn’t be against it.

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