Sunderland and Crystal Palace are two examples of how not to go about surviving in the Premier League. The two teams collectively have brought a staggering 25 players into their clubs hoping it could improve their squads.
Unfortunately for both clubs, they have been victims of the pressures of staying in the Premier League. As the cash-outs for staying in the Premier League increased last year with a new TV rights deal, it's never been more important to stay in the best league in the world.
One would have thought QPR would've been a model of how not to stay in the league as they brought an influx of players from all around the world on completely ridiculous wages in the hope that they would stay up.
Sunderland and Crystal Palace have taken two different approaches to adding to their squad. When Di Canio brought in players to revamp his, he was scouting the world for great bargains trying to uncover extraordinary talent. Players such as El Hadji Ba, who Di Canio bought for £300,000, were brought into the team to really improve the side. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked.
After nine games, only Palace, Norwich and Stoke have scored less goals then Sunderland's side. What will worry Sunderland's new manager, Gus Poyet, is that Norwich and Stoke have quiet good reinforcements to bring in whereas Sunderland don't have the luxury of having such good options. If Fletcher and Altidore can score at least 10 goals each and Conor Wickham is able to chip in with a few goals, they'll have a chance of staying up.
Unfortunately Crystal Palace seem to be in even worse shape. They've lost eight games out of nine and their only win came against Sunderland.
Ian Holloway and Steve Parish chose to bring in players from around the English divisions hoping that they could adapt quickly to the top flight. But what they failed to see is that they have acquired a handful of players who were sold by their clubs because they're not good enough.
Players like Jason Puncheon and Barry Bannan have showed they have glimpses of talent but are nowhere near consistent enough at the moment to prove they have what it takes at the top level.
The rumours of Tony Pulis have cooled since speculation surfaced about the former-Stoke manager having doubts as to whether to take the Palace job as he thinks it's an impossible job.
Whoever Palace get to replace Ian Holloway, they put in a promising display this weekend against Arsenal although they lost 2-0 and if they play 100 per cent every week, they could grind out some results with the right manager.
If they do stay up, it will be one of the most unlikely relegation escapes in Premier League history.
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