Scott Dann reveals what Crystal Palace need from January window

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Scott Dann believes Alan Pardew has inherited a good squad at Crystal Palace but acknowledges that greater depth is required from the January window.

Crystal Palace wasted no time in finding a successor to the ousted Neil Warnock, with Alan Pardew identified as a top target and quickly lured away from Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

The Eagles were eager to fill their coaching void before the January transfer window opened, giving the new man at the helm every opportunity to dip into the winter market.

Pardew is expected to bolster his ranks, with Palace languishing inside the top-flight relegation zone.

He has, however, inherited a squad which fared admirably under Tony Pulis last season and will feel that rebuilding confidence is as important as shuffling his pack.

That is a view shared by experienced defender Scott Dann, with the former Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers centre-half of the opinion that fringe players and a sprinkling of fresh faces will help to give Palace the depth they need in their first-team ranks.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: “Before we sign anyone, we have got players who haven’t been playing recently. When a new manager comes in, it’s a chance for them to impress. We have that first and foremost.

“The manager will want to add more quality into the squad and that will bring more competition. I think that is something we probably do need."

Glenn Murray and Barry Bannan are among those to have already been offered an opportunity to impress by Pardew, with the former returning from a loan spell at Reading and the latter brought back in from the cold.

They could have important roles to play over the second-half of the season, along with any new recruits brought in from afar.

Pardew will also be aware that he needs to work hard at keeping key men at Selhurst Park, with it vital that rumoured interest in the likes of Yannic Bolasie is seen off before the window closes again in February.

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