While the Eagles are eager to retain their key players, Hodgson’s role isn’t expected to extend into the long-term. Initially, Hodgson wasn’t anticipated to manage at Selhurst Park this season, as he had come out of retirement to lead the team once more.
Crystal Palace’s recent recruitment strategy has revolved around targeting young and promising players, often signing them at a reasonable cost with an eye on potential future profits. Players like Marc Guehi, Michael Olise, and Eberechi Eze were brought in before making their names in the Premier League, and they could now be assets that fetch substantial transfer fees if needed.
In August, Palace secured Olise with a new four-year contract, nullifying Chelsea’s attempt to activate his £35 million release clause. The hope is that, when the French youngster is in top form, Palace can command a transfer fee exceeding the £35 million release clause, making the contract extension a prudent move.
Another player attracting attention from larger clubs is Guehi, with Manchester United expressing interest in the former Chelsea defender, as reported by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. Guehi is also representing his country and needs regular playing time to secure a place in the international tournament next summer. Palace may have an advantage in retaining him, at least for now, since he is a key player under Hodgson.
Despite previous transfers, Palace hasn’t received significant fees for some of their talents, potentially holding onto them for too long. Players like Eze, Olise, and Guehi are likely to draw the interest of European clubs, and it’s expected that the club would seek club-record fees for their transfers.
The uncertainty surrounding Hodgson’s future isn’t an ideal situation for the club, as they need to plan for life without him. Dean Jones emphasized the unique challenges the club is facing, with numerous unanswered questions concerning Hodgson, Eze, Guehi, a potential new manager, and other factors.
Regarding January transfer plans, Crystal Palace’s failure to acquire a natural winger to replace Wilfried Zaha during the summer transfer window could lead them to prioritize this position in the upcoming transfer window. One of the players they are reportedly interested in is Sunderland winger Jack Clarke, who has impressed during his time in the Championship. While the move might entail some risk due to his limited experience in the Premier League, it aligns with their past successful recruitment strategy.