REPORT: Palace To Spend Big On Strikers In January

2 Posted by - October 26, 2018 - News

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. 

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5 Comments

  • tzcar October 26, 2018 - 7:35 am Reply

    unfortuantly i feel we are once again on the slide. rh,s leadership is waning,and amongst the regular supporters the realism is sinking in.every season we end up in a dogfight,this cannot be coincidence.yes,their are many reasons for this.parish,s lack of spending in july.players playing well below last season,s performance level.a manager,s total inability to change tatic,s and use sub,s.see how silva changed the game last sunday.the fact players like schlupp who in my mind is not good enough.no invention.why not meyer,we need some midfield guile.schlupp,mcarthur,milojevic hardly inspiring.if we carry on this way,i can see big changes before christmas,cos things ain,t great.

  • Spiceboy October 26, 2018 - 8:15 am Reply

    All of the above comment although in fairness Myer was out with a virus for Everton but prior to that he should be straight on the team sheet. I would also drop Milo for a while but never mock jimmy Mac the guys the only one who always runs his heart out. Zaha looking poo since his ref comments and he is far far better as a wide player I can’t stand him up front I want him tearing right & left backs a new one. Defo need a striker in January but for now it’s time to start Wickham and hope he stays fit for a couple of months. A half fit wickham is still better than the sloth unforgivable purchase freedman

  • Gordon October 26, 2018 - 10:32 am Reply

    It’s all well and good saying we’re gonna spend big in January but what decent striker is gonna want to come into a relegation battle, 6 months to late for me.

  • tzcar October 26, 2018 - 2:46 pm Reply

    again i find myself agreeing with gordon.we have 4 strikers to choose from,all useless.wickham im afraid body cannot stand the rigggers.but it,s not as simple AS goalscorers.yet again the team have slipped back to the dogfight.spiceboy as for mcarthur yes he tries hard.but with little effect.he has,nt registered more than a 6 in any performance this season.the team for me are like a butterfly.flatter to deceive.with arsenal,chelsea,spurs,man utd.we could be in serious trouble by the end of november.and with the yanks,being results orientated,i fear for rh.he,ll be lucky to survive to january.no it,s not all his fault,but nothing seems to be working,and how long can this carry on.

  • Geone October 26, 2018 - 2:59 pm Reply

    I strongly think go all guns to try and prize Divock Origi from Liverpool he is quick and Skillful just like Zaha..If he can link him up with Zaha and it works it could help us a bit with goals at least as Origi can score..

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