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After a 15th place finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup run all the way to the final last season, Crystal Palace were supposed to kick on under Alan Pardew this term, with the addition of Christian Benteke, Loic Remy and Andros Townsend meant to help avoid a relegation battle.

However, with Palace lying 17th and with just one win in 11 matches, Pardew was sacked and replaced with Sam Alladyce, a manager who has never been relegated.

Despite many predicting that the former England manager's appointment would go a long way to securing the Eagles' Premier League survival, they have failed to win in their last four games, including a damaging 2-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Swansea City.

The Selhurst Park faithful will be hoping to see some new faces in January to help in their battle to remain in the top flight. Holmesdale Radio's Chris Hambling explains who he'd like to see turning out for his club.

Please note that this interview was conducted before the January transfer window opened.

Thoughts on Summer Activity:


When the window ended we felt we had done strong business. [Christian] Benteke, [Loic] Remy and [Andros] Townsend looked like the answers to our attacking problems and we got good money for [Yannick] Bolasie. [James] Tomkins to replace the ageing [Damien] Delaney also felt a good move.

Area that Needs Improvement:

Left-back. The car crash that may potentially have ended the career of Pape Souare hit us hard in an area already in need of attention. The club needs a strong, pacy, natural left footer in that position ASAP.

Dream Signing:

Luke Shaw (with injury problems sorted).

Realistic Signing:

Charlie Taylor from Leeds; he’s on our radar already.

Check out the latest Crystal Palace transfer rumours

Prediction for Rest of 2016-17:

With [Sam] Allardyce, I expect us to grind out enough results to stay put. There’s a lot of work to be done first though.


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