Ian Holloway: 'Crystal Palace squad must get better'
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has said his squad is far from complete as they head into their first game of the Premier League season on Sunday.
Palace take on Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park this weekend, in the Eagles’ first Premier League game for more than eight years.
Holloway has added eight players to his squad already this season, which is expected to go up to nine with the arrival of French defender Florian Marange.
But the Eagles boss was reeling after missing out on striker Darren Bent this morning. The forward was set to complete his move to Palace today but instead opted for Fulham.
Holloway said he needs to add at least another four players to the squad which at the moment is ‘paper thin’.
He also said he doubts whether he could name a full 25 man squad yet.
When asked about missing out on Bent, Holloway said: "We are the ones that can’t afford to wait. We have been trying to force it. We have got Chamakh now who I believe can score goals but I wanted another one.
"I thought there was a deal to be done but I was always worried as if another club came along and bid for him then I thought he would choose them.
"So we forced it and the chairman was very inventive with the deal. The chairman told me we had done it. But two other clubs came in for him and he went with them."
He added:"At the moment if you have the choice of Newcastle, Fulham or us then these players are going to choose the other two.
"I don’t think the chairman thought he would go elsewhere, I had a feeling he would go that way but thank goodness we have other targets.
"We are running out of time that is the hard bit for us."
Injuries to Yannick Bolasie and Jerome Thomas adds to an injury list which includes Jonathan Parr, Paddy McCarthy and last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray.
And with Wilfried Zaha no longer at the club, Holloway said he is short of options but is working literally day and night to improve the team.
He said: "I can’t see us getting 25 players at the moment. I might have to name Paddy Mccarthy and Murray in it and see if we can get them fit.
"There are no similarities between us and my old Blackpool side. We are a defensive minded side but we have lost some of our counter attacking skills with Wilf gone and Glenn injured. I haven’t replaced that yet.
"For all our fans I am trying to replace him. Ask my wife, I didn’t finish until gone midnight last night, catching up on watching Tottenham clips so we are ready for the game.
"I am trying to play catch up with all of the other teams like expanding the scouting network. It is very hard.
"I am not downbeat, I am not a comedian, I am just serious about keeping this club up."