Alan Pardew is aware that Crystal Palace’s big squad will be a problem this season.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Alan Pardew has admitted that the large number of players he has at Crystal Palace is a problem for him this season.
Pardew said: It’s very important to us, but we're going to make lots of changes, because I've got to keep the squad alive. It's a problem. Having to leave [Brede] Hangeland off the bench, Joe Ledley and [Julian] Speroni off the bench. Tough job I've got. There will be a lot of changes but we obviously want to win.”
Pardew’s admission that his squad will be a problem is an evident challenge, but it is a challenge that he probably likes having.
The number of attacking players he can now select means that every week Pardew is able to select an offensive unit which can overcome any potential issue, whilst also guaranteeing that his players are always at peak fitness.
Admittedly, the defensive positions are fairly light on top level cover, but the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Bamford can all feature in the attacking midfield positions. Bamford himself is also vying for a place as the main striker, along with Glenn Murray and summer signing Connor Wickham.
Pardew has built a fearsome squad from an attacking standpoint, and his main problem is also the main strength that he has brought to Selhurst Park with his creation of the side.
Another defender would not go amiss if Pardew wanted to bring in another player before the close of the transfer window, but with the current squad, Palace are well on course to fight for the top eight places in the Premier League.