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Crystal Palace must keep players, improve squad: Hodgson

16 May 2018

The Daily Mirror say Zaha's displays for Palace have caught the attention of Pep Guardiola, who is determined to bolster his squad at City despite storming to the Premier League title.

Speaking earlier in the week, Hodgson said of Zaha's future at Palace: 'I think Wilf enjoys his football here.

Crooks said in his BBC Team of the Week: "The first thing Roy Hodgson must do, above all else now Crystal Palace have secured their Premier League status, is sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis".

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It's going to be a odd day for myself and also Steven Reid and Dean Kiely because we spent a really happy time at that club and we have a lot of respect for the fans.

Zaha's commitment is exactly what Hodgson wanted to hear as he set out his plans for Palace to build on this season's progress.

Now older and more experienced, Zaha has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League of late, which led to him collecting April's Player of the Month award. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five games, winning three games and picking up 11 points. "In such a hard league if you start thinking "it's gone quite well this season and next season we will push on for a European place" that could be one of the quickest ways to get you relegated".

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"We need a philosophy, and a clear idea of where we want this club to go and to build on this success". The clubs in our ballpark wouldn't be able to tempt him away with more money, that's for sure. "I had no doubt that we'd get back to ourselves".

West Brom's eight-year stay in the Premier League concluded with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

West Brom will be without midfielders James Morrison and Gareth Barry for Sunday's game due to injury, while Palace are missing Scott Dann and Bakary Sako.

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Crystal Palace must keep players, improve squad: Hodgson