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Roy Hodgson targeting experienced Premier League players

by 11/10/2017 19:39:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League and are yet to win a point 
  • Roy Hodgson wants to sign older, more established top-flight players
  • Former England boss believe his current squad lacks the necessary experience

By Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:33 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 19:39 EDT, 11 October 2017

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will target seasoned Premier League talent as he plots a New Year great escape.

The Eagles moved away from signing established stars over the summer with three of their four signings: Jairo Riedewald, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 21-years-old or under.

But Hodgson wants to sign older, more established top-flight players when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will target seasoned Premier League talent in January
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will target seasoned Premier League talent in January

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will target seasoned Premier League talent in January

Jack Wilshere, who has close to 150 Premier League appearances, is a target for Hodgson
Jack Wilshere, who has close to 150 Premier League appearances, is a target for Hodgson

Jack Wilshere, who has close to 150 Premier League appearances, is a target for Hodgson

The former England manager believe his current squad lacks the necessary experience he believes is required to dig Palace out of relegation trouble and will look to address the problem at the turn of the year.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has close to 150 Premier League appearances under his belt, is a target for Hodgson.

But it remains to be seen whether the 25-year-old is prepared to leave the Gunners for a relegation fight.

The Palace boss also wants a new centre forward to challenge Christian Benteke.

Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League and are yet to claim a point this season
Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League and are yet to claim a point this season

Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League and are yet to claim a point this season

Finances at Selhurst Park are likely to be limited in January, but there is a realisation that money must be made available if the Eagles, who are without a league point or goal so far this season, are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Hodgson, though, could be boosted by the return of key man Wilfried Zaha for the daunting visit of champions Chelsea on Saturday.

The winger has been missing since sustaining a knee injury in the opening day loss to Huddersfield.

But the Ivory Coast star is closing in on a return and could be considered for this weekend's clash against Antonio Conte's men. 

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