Pardew looking to strengthen injury-plagued Crystal Palace this summer

Alan Pardew

The Crystal Palace boss admits his injury-hit squad needs to be strengthened, adding that the club should be eyeing up a top 10 finish next season.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admits he will be looking at bringing in a some new faces in the summer transfer window, admitting that injuries have exacerbated a lack of competition in the squad. 

The Eagles have seen several high-profile first-team players sidelined throughout the season, including the likes of Yannick Bolasie, James McArthur, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham.

Having ended a 14-game win-less spell in the Premier League with the recent 1-0 win over Norwich City, Pardew's men further eased any relegation concerns with an impressive 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.

Palace are currently unbeaten this month, but Pardew is already looking forward to next season, adding that he hopes to benefit from a strong recruitment drive during the summer.

According to the South London Press, Pardew told reporters: "It definitely looks like we need to strengthen the squad.

"The first 11 have shown they are good enough to compete in the top 10. The squad needs to improve to maintain that when you have injuries and setbacks. We need a little bit more competition."

The former West Ham and Newcastle boss gave little away in terms of what players the club is looking at, but did suggest that targets had already been identified.

The task of improving the abilities of the current squad is also at the top of the agenda for Pardew, who added that a failure to preserve Palace's top-flight status could prove a significant setback.

"Staying in the Premier League means I can grow the club to make our 16th-choice player as good as our third-choice player," he added.

"We have a firm eye on our targets and we’ll keep our powder dry."

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