Crystal Palace has taken the bold move of introducing a goalkeeping into the team selection over the next few months.

Keen to pursue a policy of an “expansive style of football” as described by chairman Steve Parish, the board now feel the strategy of leaving one out has been costly in the ‘goals against’ category and are seeking a change in tactic.

“We’ve given it a good shot” said a club spokesperson. “Having 11 attacking players has brought much enjoyment for the fans, especially in the away sections of the crowd but it’s come at a price”.

Sitting just one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone and with 32 goals conceded so far this season, it’s not hard to see why management at the club feel a goalkeeper might be a good idea.

It’s not known if this is the reason behind the clubs decision to part company with manager Alan Pardew, famed for his open and attacking formations but fans of the club will be watching the board’s choice of new leader with keen interest in the coming days.