By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 07/12/17 3:34pm
Manager Roy Hodgson says he is hoping to strengthen his Crystal Palace squad when the transfer window opens next month.
The Eagles remain in a battle against the drop but have climbed to 18th in the table, having followed a win over Stoke with 0-0 draws against Brighton and West Brom.
While Hodgson thinks he has a squad who have the ability to secure safety, he would like a few more options for the second half of the campaign.
“I am quite confident that the personnel here is good,” Hodgson said ahead of Saturday’s home match against Bournemouth.
“We do have the wherewithal to certainly give ourselves a good chance of getting out of the situation we find ourselves in.
“But it would also be nice if we could strengthen the squad in one or two areas.
“The competition for places is actually very strong in some areas, but there are other areas of the field where the competition is quite weak.
“So we have got to think about those matters and, hopefully, in the coming transfer window, put that right.”
Asked what areas he would be looking at, Hodgson said: “It is obviously something I discuss with the scouting department in terms of building profiles and discussing the areas where someone coming in could maybe help us.
Crystal Palace have climbed off the foot of the Premier League table under Roy Hodgson
“Not necessarily to take someone’s place in the team, it could also be the fact that, as the season wears on, you can’t play with the same eleven week after week.
“You need good quality players to replace them.”