Following the injury sustained by Christian Benteke a few weeks ago, it’s fair to say that Crystal Palace are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements. This morning there has been some suggestion from Liverpool-based sites of a possible January deal for Reds striker Daniel Sturridge but I’m struggling to see how the move is feasible given our current position.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp’s decision to make Roberto Firmino his undisputed number one frontman has undoubtedly pushed Sturridge down the pecking order at Anfield, it seems unlikely that he would be particularly open to joining Palace if things stay as they are heading into 2018. Obviously, I would love to see the England man swap Merseyside for SE25 and I expect the board would be willing to stump up the cash necessary to facilitate the transfer but it’s Sturridge himself who would need to feel good about the switch in order for it to work.
The story suggests both Palace and Bournemouth as potential destinations for the ex-Chelsea man and I have to admit, were our prospects of Premier League survival looking even a little healthier, it’s something I could see having genuine legs. Sadly, Eddie Howe’s Cherries are showing signs of life following a weekend victory over Stoke and I’d imagine Sturridge would be happier to link up with Jermain Defoe at Dean Court than battling it out at the very foot of the table as things stand.
In fairness, Palace and Liverpool have pulled off major deals together in recent years, with both Benteke and Mamadou Sakho leaving the North West for upwards of £30 million a piece but for me, any serious talk of a deal being finalised for Daniel Sturridge’s services will simply have to wait until Hodgson and his coaching staff can muster enough points to put us back in with a chance of playing top flight football in August of 2018.
Watch this space.