Benteke May Be Leaving Palace Thanks To A Chinese Fortune Cookie

2 Posted by - June 14, 2018 - News

The last week has seen plenty of speculation over Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke’s future and now, reports are linking the striker with a big-money move to China.

Having recently been let go by League One outfit Sunderland, former Wales boss Chris Coleman has taken his managerial talents to the Far East, where he is now in charge of Hebei China Fortune; a club who are clearly keen to live up to their name if links between them and a deal for Palace’s Belgian international are concrete.

Whilst the big man managed to score 17 times in his debut season for the Eagles, the campaign just gone was far less fruitful, with just three goals and six assists attributed to him. As a direct consequence, it sounds as though Roy Hodgson and the Palace board are open to a sale but until now, no one appears to have come forward with the financial muscle-power necessary to turn their interest into a feasible offer.

Palace are well aware that they’re unlikely to recoup the full £27 million fee they paid Liverpool for Big Ben two summers ago, particularly when you take the front-man’s current weekly wage into account. Yes, we’d love to trim £100,000 from our weekly outgoings but finding a club who are happy to take Benteke at that price has proved tricky up until now.

Of course, any deal involving the 27-year-old relies hugely on the player himself being happy to go ahead with it, a fact which may halt any negotiations between Palace and Hebei dead in their tracks. I dare say Christian is still stinging from Roberto Martinez’s decision to leave him out of Belgium’s World Cup squad; with a potential move to China unlikely to aid his chances of making a return to the fold ahead of Euro 2020.

There are plenty of reasons for Palace to explore the possibility of selling Benteke, sadly financial realities make it a tad difficult to engineer from our point of view. Perhaps a “Chinese Fortune Cookie” is the answer? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

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  • terence carter June 14, 2018 - 7:05 am Reply

    sooner gone the better.

    • Concerned Eagle June 14, 2018 - 10:18 am Reply

      Who would you replace him with? We’d need to spend at least £30 million in the current climate to get a proven striker at the top level.

  • Rhys Jones June 14, 2018 - 9:07 am Reply

    Why has it gone so wrong this season? Is it the way we are trying to play, a loss of confidence, a bit of both or something non football related? Whilst the player of last season was so poor, the fact he performed/scored prior to that shows what he can do.

    I agree, Palace cant afford to carry anyone both on the pitch or financially but I cant help having this nagging doubt that we can get more out of him. The wages are what they are and no doubt, if we stay in the Prem for 2 more years, we’ll have several players on that anyway. As crass & un-Palace like as it is, we do NEED marquee players (I hate saying that, sorry). Benteke & Cabaye were that, Wilf is now that but you cant just have 1. I like Sorloth & hope he gets his chance to shine this season but we are now, dare I say it, becoming an established Prem team. We cant act like a Championship side and rest our hopes on the untried and so we need a mix of experience.

    We want to/should be aiming to push the for Europa League & the FA Cup at the start of this season (I was kind of hoping that last season too) so selling proven (if slightly damaged at the moment) players seems counter productive. Also, if we dont get back what we paid for him, who are we going to get who is premier quality & ready, for less than £20 million and who wants less than £100k a week to be the number 1 striker? Llorente from Spurs maybe but would be another gamble. Sometimes, it’s better the devil you know.

    However, as always, whatever Roy decides is best for the team will get my 100% backing.

  • Concerned Eagle June 14, 2018 - 10:17 am Reply

    V good points by Rhys Jones.

    I think we should give Benteke another season. Too much risk hedging our bets on another player. All this talk about Mitrovic, but he has a worse goals-per-game record than Benteke in the top flight.

    If we play to Benteke’s strengths then he will come good again and will be worth every penny we paid for him.

  • Ben June 15, 2018 - 10:53 am Reply

    Spot on Rhys Jones. Great points and very well made. Hard to argue with really.

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