Poor Crystal Palace. Many tipped the ambitious Premier League side for greatness this season, believing that the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend up top would make the Eagles an entertaining attacking team, and that manager Frank de Boer would help them soar up the table.
None of that has happened however, and Palace currently sit rock bottom after 16 games. De Boer is gone, sacked quickly after a horrendous start to the campaign, and now former England manager Roy Hodgson is at the helm of the London club.
With just ten goals scored and a whopping 27 conceded so far, it has been a season to forget for Eagles fans. Amazingly though they are unbeaten in their last five league games, and Hodgson has improved their leaky defence somewhat.
The January transfer window could be Palace’s saving grace, and the club are already turning to experience at the back in the hopes that they might yet ensure survival.
Diego Lopez, once of Real Madrid, could be drafted in, according to the Mirror, to provide an element of calm in net. The 36-year old shot stopper currently plies his trade in La Liga with Espanyol, but he could be set to become Palace’s first step on the road to survival.