It wasn’t too long ago that Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was being tipped as the next England manager due to the Eagles’ high-flying finish to last season and start to this campaign.
But Saturday’s weather-drenched 4-0 loss at Manchester City dropped Palace to the league’s worst form, and Pardew is admitting he may need players at Selhurst Park.
[ MATCH RECAP: Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace ]
Palace hasn’t scored since Lee Chung-yong’s 88th minute winner at Stoke City, a run of 452 minutes which includes draws to Bournemouth and Swansea and three-straight losses to Chelsea, Aston Villa and Man City.
From the BBC:
“Maybe we do need another striker at this time, that would give us all a boost I think. We are not going to hide from it. Whoever it is it will hopefully help the situation we are in. Sometimes you just need a goal out of nothing.”
Striker depth will help, though injuries at other positions have hurt Palace and Connor Wickham has done well as a hold-up man, albeit without finish. Pardew also put blame on his keeper Wayne Hennessey, saying that he’ll have to prove his worth as No. 1 netminder during training this week.
Over-simplifying, Pardew’s last two clubs have run extremely hot or cold under his leadership. It’ll be interesting to see when the Englishman will turn Palace back in the other direction, and how high they could fly.
Have they missed their chance at Europe?