The Eagles have lost both of their opening fixtures, and their manager is frustrated by the difficulty of attracting players to the promoted side while preparing for the seasonCrystal Palace manager Ian Holloway called for the scrapping of the transfer window as he explained the difficulties to sign players ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Four of their new signings were on show on Saturday against Stoke City, but - despite Marouane Chamakh scoring on his first start - the newly promoted side were downed by two second-half goals to remain pointless after two games.
Holloway has bemoaned his troubles attracting new players following promotion from the Championship and called for an end to the window to level the playing field.
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"We come into it late, others have had loads of extra money and we come in now. We have to catch them - is that right? I am stressed to hell – not when I watch my team, not when I’m out on the grass coaching but just trying to say 'Who’s this?' Where has he come from?'
"The answer is to scrap the window – it’s an absolute joke. Do it how we used to do it. Then us people who’ve just come up might just have a chance of catching some of these big people. They write their own rules, that’s what they do. Now I can only have two loans."
Holloway elaborated on the problems faced with recruiting players; with English players proving to be expensive and foreign imports taking time to adapt to a new style.
"I’m not finding players at the moment, it’s agent led. I haven’t been scouting myself, we haven’t scouted abroad," he explained.
"When you see how much we had to pay for Dwight Gayle, can we afford to buy any more English players? Probably not.
"Campana’s name was given to me, what was a miracle is how much we got him for, £1.8 million. I think he’s a bargain already. It’ll take two or three weeks to get him up to fitness.
"But there was a lack of communication; he wasn’t quite in the right place most of the time. He’s got to learn that. The only Spanish speaking player I’ve got is Julian Speroni in goal. I might need another one who understands a bit of English – this is what you’ve got to do when you’re in my position.
"When the window shuts, then we can go to work, until that happens it’s an absolute nightmare. I can’t give it my full focus."