Roy Hodgson is confident Crystal Palace will have more firepower this season after the summer additions of Michy Batshuayi and Ebere Eze.

The Eagles were the second lowest Premier League scorers in the 2019-20 campaign with 31 goals, but still managed to finish 14th and nine points above the relegation zone.

After signing Eze from QPR for a reported £16million fee last month, Palace added Chelsea forward Batshuayi on loan this week and the duo will be part of the squad for today’s opener at home to Saints (3pm).

Even though Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham are absent, Hodgson will be able to select his two new recruits along with Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha, who were the club’s top goalscorers last season with nine and four goals respectively.

“We have signed two players who are more than skilful enough to score goals for us and both have proven goalscoring records,” the Palace manager said.

“We are very happy with that and still hoping as well people like Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham can step up to the plate and add some more goals.

“I definitely feel we are looking stronger this season up front than we were at times last season.”