Everton & West Ham To Battle Palace For Prolific 22-Year-Old Striker

0 Posted by - November 2, 2018 - News

The last few days have seen Crystal Palace linked with a January move for Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa, with a selection of other English clubs now being named in the race for the 22-year-old. 

The Brazilian international rose to fame at Santos, where he made his debut at the age of just 17. Between the years of 2013 and 2016, ‘Gabigol” as he has come to be affectionately known, bagged a mightily impressive 56 goals in 154 appearances for the Serie A side, alerting all manner of clubs across Europe to his presence. 

After much speculation, Inter Milan won the battle for his signature and announced his arrival on a five-year deal, reported to worth close to £30 million in August of 2016. Sadly, for both he and the Italians, the move did not work out as planned and after making just 10 appearances in blue and black, he was loaned out to Benfica for the entirety of the 2017/18 season. 

Despite initial hopes of him regaining some decent form in Portugal, Barbosa went on to make just five appearances for the Eagles before cutting the terms of his loan short in January of 2018. Shortly after, it was revealed that Santos had negotiated a one-year loan deal with Inter to take Gabriel back to Brazil, where he promptly rediscovered the magic touch in front of goal. 

His second stint in Brazil has brought 25 goals in 48 appearances, proving that the hype which surrounded his move to Italy was justified, whilst leaving question marks over how to bring the best out of him in a European environment. Clearly, the likes of Palace, Everton and West Ham do hold an interest in him ahead of the January window but with such a patchy record, any move for him will encourage a sense of caution over his potential for success. 

The stories all seem to suggest that the man himself is keen to secure a move to England and with Palace desperately in need of goals, he would be guaranteed an immediate starting place but how Inter will feel about another loan move is up for debate. There is always the potential of a permanent switch but given the front-man’s history in Europe, you’d imagine each and every interested party would want to try before they buy. 

Do you think we would be able to help him rebuild his reputation? Is a move for him worth the risk given our weekly struggles in front of goal? Let me know what you think. 

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7 Comments

  • Ben November 2, 2018 - 8:32 am Reply

    The lad has clearly had a problem playing in Europe. If palace are interested , they are aware of the issues so therefore they must think they have a solution. In which case a permanent deal should be on the cards. Looking at his short history, cpfc must know what they need to do to help him achieve the same level of success that he has had in sth America. It also helps if the lad is keen to play in the premier league.

  • tzcar November 2, 2018 - 8:43 am Reply

    too risky.this is the hardest league in the world.i would,nt go for inexperience.someone who is really adaptable to english life is amust.there are candidates out there.no fancy dan,just someone who can do the job.and while their at it,send that useless j.ayew back to swansea.

    • Ben November 2, 2018 - 9:48 am Reply

      Agree with the Ayew comment, seems to have permanent scowl on his face whilst doing nothing.

  • Eric The Ninja November 2, 2018 - 10:37 am Reply

    Sounds expensive and risky. I think Ben is being optimistic thinking we might ‘have a solution’. More like we’re desperate and out of ideas. He wouldn’t be guaranteed to start, we’ve learned from Meyer, Sorloth, Jach and Guaita that just because the club brings someone in, doesn’t mean Roy will start them.
    Middlesbrough was a debacle. Baffling subs and putting Andros though the full 90 on what ended as a fool’s errand. I really hate to say it but I’m starting to have my doubts about how we’re progressing.

  • tzcar November 2, 2018 - 11:53 am Reply

    it seems online some supporters are having a go at rh,this i cannot agree with.for me he sent out near second eleven and they failed miserably.for me this shows how much rubbish is on palace,s books.who care,s about this cup.too much deadwood at palace,maybe roy put them on show.just so we can all see the squad is poor.too many seasons buyingsecondraters.as for progress.every season in the prem has been the same,struggle for survival,how is this progress?

    • Eric The Ninja November 2, 2018 - 3:24 pm Reply

      I don’t think you’ve read my message properly. I’m not having a go at RH. I’m questioning the result and decisions made in the last game. I didn’t say we’re making progress, I questioned the progress we’re making. Like you do, every week.

  • tzcar November 2, 2018 - 3:42 pm Reply

    no no eric im not having a go at u.if u look online other forum,s are critical of rh.im not i think he has alot of rubbish to deal with no offence to u or roy,im sticking up for him.i actually agree no progress in personel.we have abase core of decent player,s plus aload of rubbish,AND I FEEL ROY HAS LITTLE TO PLAY WITH.

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