Alan Pardew should have got his feet under the desk at Crystal Palace by now and be ready to step up his hunt for fresh faces.
The January transfer window is open for business and the Eagles are expected to be busy.
Having slipped into the Premier League relegation zone and parted company with Neil Warnock, changes are required at Selhurst Park.
Pardew has been entrusted with the task of overseeing them and will be backed by his board in the pursuit of new recruits.
It is clear that he has a number of areas to address, with former Palace winger John Salako of the opinion that three key areas should be a top priority.
At the back, he feels West Ham United’s Joey O’Brien, Newcastle United’s Davide Santon and Liverpool’s Jose Enrique would be good options, while Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis is a player Pardew has expressed an interest in before and could make an important contribution in the final third.
Salako told Sky Sports: “I think he needs to get a left-back in, someone with experience. Maybe Joey O’Brien, I don’t know what’s happening there, or maybe Santon at Newcastle or Enrique at Liverpool, someone with experience.
“He needs to get experience, people who have been there and done it. I don’t think it’s time to bring in youngsters. Use the loan system.
“I like the lad Tyrone Mings at Ipswich, he’s fantastic, but he’s long-term, maybe look to get someone like that in the summer. At the moment he needs experience.
“He needs to get a striker. He’s looking at Gomis, he needs a bit of pace up front. If he can add a playmaker to that midfield then brilliant, because he’s got (Yannick) Bolasie, he’s got (Jason) Puncheon, he’s got (Wilfried) Zaha. There is a nucleus there. He needs that bit of quality.”
Pardew should have the funds available to move for any of those mentioned above.
A raid on his former employers at Newcastle could be an option which appeals as it would allow him to draft in players that he knows and trusts.
There are plenty of options for him to consider, though, and there are likely to be a number of comings and goings over the next few weeks.
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