Crystal Palace recruitment drive is admirable but they need strikers

Tony Pulis and his negotiators are working away to make new signings on deadline day but the majority of targets are at the back rather than up front.

Crystal Palace's efforts to strengthen the squad before the transfer window are admirable. 

Wayne Hennessey has been snapped up to add competition to the goalkeeping ranks with first choice Julian Speroni, while a prospective deal for Scott Dann would see the central defence bolstered.

Jason Puncheon has signed permanently, they have missed out on Ivan Ramis at Wigan and Momo Sissoko - a free agent - has opted for Levante instead.

Joe Ledley, Tom Ince and Will Buckley are all midfield targets while Hoffenheim left-back Fabian Johnson has been mentioned as a potential acquisition.

But the recurring theme amongst these targets is that they operate behind the front-line. Admittedly Ince and/or Buckley would swell the wide positions, as well as Puncheon's arrival, but given that Palace are struggling for goals currently, with the south London outfit the lowest scorers in the league, surely they are missing a trick in not bringing in another front-man?

Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome have both performed admirably to help Palace climb away from the relegation-zone, but in truth the resurgence under Pulis has been built on solid defensive foundations rather than blowing teams away.

Of Palace's results under the former Stoke manager, they have secured six wins. Only twice have they scored more than one goal and a tally of 15 goals is comfortably the lowest. Cardiff City (17) and Norwich City (18) are the only other two sides yet to reach 20 for the season so far.

With the hours ticking away, any names yet to be mentioned appear unlikely for Palace's last-minute trolley dash. Never say never but it appears Pulis wants defensive and midfield reinforcements to continue his side's rise.

With the largest squad in Europe, it seems Pulis has given up on certain individuals after deciding they do not meet his expectations, with midfield flop Jose Campana supposedly on the verge of a move to FC Nürnberg in Germany.

Palace's burgeoning form has been testament to Pulis's ability as a manager in this type of situation. The former Stoke City man can further boost his reputation and his new side's survival prospects by making a foray for a striker in the closing hours.

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