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.
“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?