It will probably come as little surprise to anyone but Crystal Palace are preparing to spend heavily on attacking reinforcements during the January transfer window, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
The Eagles have scored just five times in the Premier League this season (only Huddersfield have been worse in front of goal) and with the club’s main striker Christian Benteke all set to sit out until early 2019, there is an acknowledgement behind the scenes that additions need to be made in a bid to propel Roy Hodgson’s players clear of the drop zone.
The likes of Alexander Sørloth and Connor Wickham remain on the books in SE25 but with the former still awaiting his first Premier League goal in red and blue some 10 months after joining and the latter tentatively recovering from a two-year ligament injury, Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman are understandably keen to add further fire-power to the squad.
The gaffer did experiment with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend at the head of the side away at Everton last Sunday, just as he did in our home win over Chelsea last season and whilst the pair had limited success on Merseyside, (the penalty Anthony Taylor awarded was proof of that) it wasn’t enough to stop us from falling to yet another defeat.
Unfortunately, the tough tests just keep on coming for Palace with Unai Emery’s Arsenal next up at Selhurst Park. Thursday night saw the Gunners win their 11th straight; a fact which is likely to strike into the hearts of Eagles’ supporters everywhere. The age-old wisdom of football would suggest that an upset may well be on the cards but in order for that to occur, the hosts will have to rediscover their goalscoring touch.
Who’s going to be the first to end the drought in south east London? Your guess is as good as mine.