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Roy Hodgson warns Crystal Palace: Spend money or risk relegation

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Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must invest in the squad this summer to guard against complacency over their Premier League status.

The Eagles face Southampton tonight knowing that, after Saturday's win at Sheffield United, a ninth consecutive season of top-flight football is guaranteed.

Hodgson has done a remarkable job in stabilising Palace on a very tight budget, with £19million signing Eberechi Eze the only real big-money addition made since his arrival in 2017.

With the 73-year-old's future still up in the air and a number of players out of contract in the summer, Hodgson has warned that sides can easily end up in relegation trouble without investment.

"This will be a good summer, in my opinion, to look into that aspect," Hodgson said.

"Staying in this League doesn’t get any easier. It might be easy for Man City, Chelsea and Man United but for a good 50 or 60 per cent of us we don’t regard it as easy.

"Even teams who sometimes reach as high as seventh or eighth in the League are still concerned that if they don’t get it right the next year they could be down the bottom.

"Sheffield United are a pretty good example of that, Watford the year before. At the start of their seasons nobody expected Watford or Sheffield United to go down, it can happen because that is the strength of the League.

"If you don’t want it to happen to you then you can’t be blind to it and say: ‘We’ll be okay, we’ve had eight seasons here we’ll be fine.’ You can’t say that, you have to make certain that you are as well prepared going into the ninth season as you were going into that first season back nine years ago."

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Hodgson has operated on the tightest of budgets during his time in south London, with the majority of his current squad having been at the club when the former England manager replaced Frank de Boer.

Hodgson has always understood and worked within the environment, but knows that with a big summer ahead and the financial stability that nine years in the top flight brings - it is something that many would like to address following this season.

Hodgson said: "Every transfer window I’ve hoped there would be a bit of investment available because these players have been together a long time and we haven’t really brought in that much new blood to help the guys who are there and provide them perhaps with some inspiration.

"The club hasn’t been able to do that very often. We spent money on Eberechi Eze in the summer which I thought was money well spent and I’m very certain that the club would very much like to spend further amounts of money to get further players of that type to rejuvenate the squad and make it a little bit easier for the guys who have been carrying the torch for so long.

"Whether or not that is a possibility we’ll find out, but I don’t think there is anybody here at the club [who wouldn't like to spend] - this isn’t just a manager bleeding that it would be nice to have more money."

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