REPORT: Palace Are Definitely Readying A Raid On Porto This January

1 Posted by - October 30, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace have repeatedly sent scouts to watch Porto this season and last weekend was no exception, with Eagles representatives present to take in the Portuguese table-toppers’ 2-0 win over Feirense. 

The always fantastic Sports Witness have been quick to pick up on stories linking us with an interest in Porto all season long but as of yet, it’s been borderline impossible to tell who exactly we’re keeping an eye on. 

Plenty of news outlets have run with the suggestion that Héctor Herrera is the object of our affections but in truth, that’s nothing more than an educated guess based upon the midfielder’s stellar reputation and soon-to-expire contract. In this particular clash, Herrera wasn’t even on the field, being replaced by Spaniard Òliver Torres, who himself did rather well.

Given our specific needs ahead of the upcoming transfer window, I personally can’t see why a central midfielder would figure highly on our list of priorities but with no concrete leads on any specific names, speculation will always run wild. You’d assume the search for an out-and-out number nine would be well underway by now given our ongoing struggles in front of goal but at Porto, they seem to share the burden of scoring around rather evenly. 

Sunday’s game, which was attended by scouts from at least 20 other top flight clubs from across Europe saw Felipe and Moussa Marega get themselves on the score-sheet. The latter shares the title of Porto’s current top scorer in 2018/19 with Vincent Aboubakar on four goals but it’ll be difficult to persuade Porto to part with either man mid-season given their ongoing title challenge. Every man has their price but we would do well to remember how easy it is to overpay for attacking talent when you’re backed into the corner time-wise.

Do you think we’ve been watching anyone specific at Porto and if so, who?

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  • tzcar October 30, 2018 - 8:24 am Reply

    it does,nt matter whose being watched.common sense say,s we need a goalscorer.someone familiar with the disrespect to bring in a foreigner,and expect him to click is neigh on impossible.we must get a high quality striker who can cut it in the prem.on sunday everybody apart from the useless ayew,gave this is our dire need.with meyer showing quality link up play,things are improving.change of formation,and earlier use of subs,all positive,but a striker is a must.

  • Mike Ward October 30, 2018 - 9:32 am Reply

    In an ideal world yes it would be great to get a goalscorer familiar with the prem.
    Unfortunately I’m not sure how many of them are likely to be available and affordable in January?
    I’m still clinging on (desperately) to the hope that after his knee op Benteke is going to come back and bang in 20 goals in the remaining games. But there’s a chance I might be wrong on that.

  • Eric The Ninja October 30, 2018 - 6:27 pm Reply

    LIke Mike said, we can’t afford anyone good enough up front, especially not in January. If we sign another central midfielder I will be dumb-founded.

  • Gordon October 30, 2018 - 8:29 pm Reply

    I don’t think any of our first team squad are useless. Even the much-maligned Schlupp scored a stunning goal at Craven Cottage. I’m prepared to accept that he has been selected for tactical reasons rather than on merit, but he’s nevertheless a useful member of the squad. Ayew is also a valuable squad member, having been brought in to provide additional midfield creativity in an attempt to fill the void left by Loftus-Cheek. But he’s been asked to fill the CF role and has done ok in my book. He’s far more mobile than Benteke and his hold up play is better. I haven’t seen any stats but he seemed to cover a lot of ground on Sunday.
    I wouldn’t have thought that we’re desperate to strengthen our midfield. As for our goal scoring problems, I agree with tzcar that a foreign import could be an expensive mistake. But are there any experienced & proven PL goal scorers available? My only thought is Jermaine Defoe who is reportedly unhappy at his lack of game time with Bournemouth,

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