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Hodgson: "Very Successful" Transfer Window

10 August 2018

With the transfer window now closed ahead of the Premier League's opening weekend, Roy Hodgson informed that press that he believes the club's business was a success.

Jordan Ayew became the club's fourth addition of the window last night on a season long loan from Swansea, alongside Max Meyer, Vicente Guaita and Cheikhou Kouyate.  

Hodgon said: “We set out to replace the players that we lost with particular players that we thought we needed with the right profile to replace those we had lost. Everyone at the club has worked very hard and I must really congratulate the Chairman and Iain Moody but also Doug Freedman and the people working with him.  They have worked hard to make certain that we have identified the right people and then got them into the club and I must say this time around, I think we have been very successful in doing that.

“I think we have enough players now including a couple that have come back off loan, Jonny Williams and Sullay Kaikai, which further expands the squad and Scott Dann is making tremendous progress. So we should have a more than big enough squad of players and most importantly of all, we have kept those players who did so well for us last season after such a bad start and helped us to such a decent finish in the league.

“Sometimes it is not always about who you bring in but it’s about keeping the ones you have.”  

German midfielder Max Meyer's addition to the squad has been met with huge excitement from Palace fans, and Hodgson has been impressed with the player's fitness even though he hasn't played competitive action for four months. He said: "He is a naturally fit person but when he came to us he had no pre-season and played his last game in the middle of April. His current fitness levels are incredible given that statistic but we want to try and bring his match fitness level to a much higher degree than it is at the moment.

"I am hoping we will be able to organise a game next week against suitable opponents so people like him can get some match minutes. As far as I am concerned I am pleased to see him fit, well and training but I can’t put a time scale on when he will actually be fit and ready to play in the team.

"It could depend of course on what happens in games, at the moment we have had a stable team through pre-season and they have done well so there is not that anxiety or need to put him in, but who knows we might pick up injuries and might have to throw him in earlier than I would have liked."

The final addition just before the window slammed shut on Thursday saw Ayew's loan move through until the end of the season from Swansea City. A signing that Hodgson believes will give him more options amongst the group of strikers in his squad.

“We take into account what players can bring to the team and what their best positions are as to where they can do the most damage. It does give us alternatives which is good and it also gives us balance for the type of forwards we have. We can mix and match very well as we have forwards who can play centrally or wide which is also quite an important factor when you want to change the formation of a side during the course of a game."

Watch Roy Hodgson's pre-match press conference now or on the app go to Palace TV along the bottom menu. 

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