Crystal Palace’s search for a striker looks set to continue for at least another week, after Fiorentina decided to put a stop to any speculation regarding one of their most highly prized talents.
With Palace’s run of Premier League games without a goal now stretching to four, or to be more precise, 360 minutes, the need for fresh blood at the head of the side is perhaps more pressing than ever; not that it seems to have hurried those working behind the scenes into getting a deal for a new striker sorted in the near future.
As things stand after 10 days of the January window, the club appear to be no closer to finalising a move for a new frontman than we were when the month first began, prompting many within our fan base to openly speculate as to the reason for the delay.
Perhaps we as supporters look at the game too simplistically at times, but our issues at the top of the team are hardly a new thing, in fact, it was an issue many of those closest to the club were already raising concerns about when the last window closed. With that in mind, it’s baffling to think that we weren’t putting in serious groundwork in our efforts to secure another frontman in the months between September and January, allowing for a smooth transition at the start of the New Year.
Of course, things are seldom straightforward, but our rivals’ knowledge of our desperation for goals will only serve to push the price of any new signing up higher than what would be considered value for money, heaping the pressure to perform onto the shoulders of any new recruit.
We will sign a striker between now and the end of the month, who than man is likely to be remains a mystery for now, though. Do you fancy having a go? It can’t get much worse.