Sam Allardyce, while taking charge at the Selhurst Park, knew the aspect of the job he was about to set his feet into. The venture was unarguably appealing after the debacle he suffered with the English national side, but it was thoroughly a risky task to undertake as well. It was never going to be easy, for it never is in the Premier League. However, Allardyce is a man who has done wonders in the past and there is no reason why he can’t pull the Eagles out of the swamp they currently find themselves in.
Prevailing just above the danger zone, Crystal Palace have a mammoth task ahead of them to keep their nose above the waves of animosity which Premier League offers on its tray. Frankly speaking, the clouds of doubtfulness of surviving beyond this season have started to enlarge over the Selhurst Park and the key to eradicating them depends on how their navigator steers them by utilising the ongoing transfer market.
One of the major reports that have surfaced is that of Neil Taylor being linked with a move to Crystal Palace this month. The Swansea City left back is one of the favourite defenders of Big Sam who is very much in favour bringing the 27-year-old under his command. Despite having signed Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City, the Eagles are looking to further strengthen their full-back slot to ensure that there remains absolutely no shortage of personnel as far as their defence is concerned.
Taylor hasn’t had the best of the seasons so far and has been used quite less than he would have actually wanted. The Welsh international has been handed 11 appearances but hasn’t been very active in either jotting precise crosses or going forward. Further, he hasn’t fulfilled his yardsticks, defensively speaking. And with the arrival of full-back, Martin Olsson, at the Liberty Stadium, it might be deemed that the former Wrexham defender’s days are numbered.
He missed Swansea’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal after he fractured his cheekbone in a training session. An approach from the Allardyce camp, despite his injury which is likely to keep him out for three weeks, is an interesting one. With the Premier League experience he has accumulated over the year whilst plying his trade for the Swans, Taylor is absolutely the kind of veteran defender which Crystal Palace need at the moment to survive relegation and thus, it will indeed be a shrewd deal if it materialises.