Thursday, 12 December 2013

Pulis is still looking to strengthen his Palace squad but funds are limited

TONY PULIS wants to bolster his Crystal Palace squad in January but isn't going to go for broke.

Tony Pulis, Pulis has seen Palace to their first back-to-back wins in the Premier League for nine years [GETTY]
The new-manager effect has certainly worked at Selhurst Park, as Pulis has won two out of his three games, but he and his side still face a huge challenge to achieve Premier League survival.
In the build-up to Palace's tie against Chelsea, Pulis revealed the limits within which he is operating at the moment.
When quizzed on links to Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes, he said: "We'll get linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry from now until the window closes but the answer is no. We couldn't afford Jordan Rhodes."
"The business that we do will determine what sort of run we can have second half of the season
"There has to be a certain change around, it's just how much and what we can do in that change around that will determine our season.
"The players have been fantastic, the attitude around the club has been brilliant, but we do need some help and we do need to improve.
Glenn Murray was Palace's leading scorer in the promotion-winning campaign and is nearing a return from a knee injury suffered in May.
"It'll be like signing a new player, if we have him back," Pulis said.
Looking forward to the game at Stamford Bridge, Pulis said: "I think it's absolutely amazing that people are criticising Chelsea.
They're third in the Premier League, they've just won their group in Europe and they're in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
They're having a stinker, aren't they?
"They're not doing too bad from where I'm looking. I expect them to be a lot stronger in the second half of the season."
"But there's a massive gulf between what Chelsea have got and what this club have got."
Former Exeter City man Dean Moxey is doubtful with a hamstring injury and will be assessed close to kick-off.
Glenn Murray, Crystal Palace