By Harvey Jones
Crystal Palace are currently mired in an extended slump which shows no sign of ending.
The Eagles managed only four home wins in the whole of 2016. They are without a victory in the Premier League since beating Southampton 3-0 on December 3rd.
Sam Allardyce needs some fresh faces in his squad to avoid his first-ever relegation as a manager. He has already signed Leicester full-back Jeff Schlupp for £12.5m.
But who else do Palace need to sign to improve a squad severely lacing in confidence?
Done deal – Patrick van Aanholt
The Sunderland left-back arrived at Selhurst Park in a deal that could rise to £14m.
The Dutchman has chipped in with three goals and an assist so far this season for Sunderland.
His explosive pace and attacking threat will suit Palace well, especially in Allardyce’s new 3-5-2 formation.
Before Schlupp’s signing, Palace had no left-footed full back, being forced to play both Martin Kelly and Joel Ward with little success.
The signing of the Van Annholt, 26, instantly resolves that issue, giving Palace two left-footed players to interchange for the rest of the season.
This defence-minded central midfielder would be a great replacement for Mile Jedinak, who former Palace boss Alan Pardew let go in the summer.
The Aussie, 32, was huge fan favourite and played a key role in Palace’s 2012 promotion and keeping them in the top flight.
He departed for Aston Villa, and ‘Jedi’s’ physicality and immense leadership have been badly missed ever since.
There is a lack of leadership in midfield, but Milivojevic be the player to supply it.
Valued at around £10m, the Olympiacos player has been a target for West Ham and West Brom. He has a rugged determination, great stamina and box-to-box ability.
The Serb, 25, would be the perfect man to toughen up Palace’s lacklustre midfield ranks.
The midfielder, 26, played a crucial role last season as Sunderland beat the drop under Allardyce in dramatic fashion.
With similar qualities to Milivojevic, the former Stade Rennais player has a rugged and aggressive style. He would provide welcomed protection for Palace’s leaky defence.
Again, he would definitely bring the kind of energy and passion to the midfield that Palace fans crave so desperately.
The Frenchman currently plays for Rubin Kazan but has an £11m release clause in his contract.
Allardyce knows exactly what he can bring to Palace’s battle to avoid relegation.