The January transfer window is less than one month away, but Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists he is feeling relaxed ahead of it.
The Eagles currently sit 15th in the Premier League with 12 points after 15 games, having scored only 11 goals so far in the league this season.
But despite that, Hodgson says Palace are not in the same position as last season when he said they were more desperate to add players amid an injury crisis and a lack of strikers.
And the Eagles boss said with players like Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke and Scott Dann closing in on returning to the first team , he feels that could take the pressure off going into the January transfer window.
“I think the January transfer window is a very important moment, mainly for fans and the mass media side of things. You have all the build up and hype while you are in it,” said Hodgson.
“But I think everyone in the game knows it is a difficult period. It is good to have it, because when you have injuries you may have players lined up the club is ready to sign. But many clubs are wary of the window, because the quality players and the important players are not necessarily available unless they have bundles of money.
“And also because in the loan market, are you going to be able to get the really good quality player that you need, and why is the club willing to let a player go.
“I think less and less, there are clubs with a lot of money to spend in January. I think most clubs want to get their squads sorted out in the summer.
“So there is always an element of panic in January, and I am hoping that we won’t be in that situation.
“But I also hope, of course, that if the right players come along that we really like and that we have been following and can afford, we bring them in. Not many of them, but some, because this group has now been together a long time this group has been together for a long time without an awful lot of outside influence, and it would be nice to bring in one or two to bring some fresh impetus, bring in some fresh faces.
“But we’ll see. I am relaxed about it, it is certainly not like last last season. Last season things were going so badly and everyone was telling me ‘wait until the January transfer window and all will be fine’. Certainly we didn’t succeed last January and if we do anything this January, I am sure it will be better and more thought out because we will have had so much more time. I didn’t come until mid-September last season.”