Two players Crystal Palace should sign to achieve a top-seven finish
Crystal Palace have managed 4 victories and 3 draws from their first 12 Premier League fixtures.
They face Liverpool next before games against Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford, where Crystal Palace will be capable of garnering some momentum.
The Eagles are without a win in their last three games, with their last point coming in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates last month.
While the stage certainly looks set for them to push on for greater heights in the coming months, Roy Hodgson should look to sign a couple of players during the January transfer window. For Palace to achieve a top-seven finish, reinforcements are definitely needed.
With that in mind, here are two players Hodgson should sign in the winter window.
1. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Having scored just 10 goals in 12 games so far, it is a no-brainer that Crystal Palace need to sign a new striker in January to improve on their lacklustre goal returns in the Premier League.
The Eagles are a unit starved of any creativity and have scored the second-fewest amount of goals in the Premier League this season.
However, the fact that should concern Hodgson the most is Wilfried Zaha’s failure to make an impact this season. The Ivorian is yet to score a single goal so far. Moreover, only one player in the Eagles ranks has scored more than two goals and that is Jordan Ayew, with four.
That’s why a new striker is an absolute must and Hodgson should go for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, who has also been linked with a move to Palace (h/t The Telegraph).
Giroud could go a long way towards solving Palace’s goalscoring crisis, with the Frenchman a proven goalscorer in the Premier League.
2. Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos)
Palace failed to sign a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer that left Hodgson with Joel Ward as the only option at right-back. Ward has done well so far before getting injured in the defeat against Chelsea.
As a result, Hodgson introduced Martin Kelly, who is not a natural full-back, as Ward’s replacement.
Thus, signing a right-back should be prioritized as well and the South Londoners must go for Olympiacos’ Omar Elabdellaoui, who was linked with a move to Palace in July (h/t Daily Mail).
Elabdellaoui, 27, has been a consistent performer for Olympiacos since leaving German club Eintracht Braunschweig back in 2014. He is an experienced player and has previously played in England with Manchester City and Hull City.
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The Norway international can play as a right-back, a right wing-back and a right-winger. He has the qualities to make an immediate impact at Selhurst Park, whilst potentially replacing Wan-Bissaka.