Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has called on the club to secure the signings it needs to bolster his team, but appeared to rule out the return of Conor Gallagher.
Palace are 12th in the Premier League but have lost four of their last five league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Southampton. They have not scored a league goal since open play since Michael Olise’s last goal against West Ham United on November 6.
Vieira has been candid about the need for more players to improve his team and confirmed after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea that the recruitment team had identified the players needed.
“This is a really difficult window to find players who can improve the team,” Vieria said.
“We have identified the names of those players that we wanted. Now everything is in the hands of the football club to try.
“But at the same time, it’s not easy, it’s really complicated, difficult. We are working hard to try to bring those players in.”
But there seems to be no prospect of a comeback for Gallagher. The Chelsea midfielder was Palace’s player of the year for 2021-22 after impressing on a season-long loan, and the move helped secure a senior England debut, but when asked if the 22-year-old years could be an option this month, he replied. Vieira simply said: “No.”
Chairman Steve Parish warned before Christmas that any new additions to the team would likely be on loan rather than permanent arrivals, warning that the post-World Cup market is “dangerous” and that it is “difficult” to get the right deals mid-term. road. -station.
“There are one or two things we would like to do, probably more lending than purchasing,” Parish said. “We would really look to the summer to do something big. We have a good team, I think the players are very good and I think we have a good points tally”.
Parish said there were “areas we’d like to improve on if we can” adding that he “wouldn’t completely rule out” anyone coming in.
But since those comments, Palace have struggled to regain form. They have only won once with a single win, against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve, and their next matches are exclusively against teams above them in the table.
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