Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Brom are all being linked with a potential January move for Serbian international striker Aleksandar Prijović by the Sunday People.
Standing at 6’3, the 28-year-old certainly cuts an imposing figure and with 13 goals to his name in 24 appearances for Greek side PAOK this season, is clearly in the form of his life but a look at his career to date raises serious questions over whether or not he has the pedigree to be a success with Palace in the Premier League.
The last three-and-a-half seasons have seen him notch a startlingly good 74 goals in just 153 appearances for Legia Warsaw and PAOK but with the quality in Poland and Greece questionable at best when held up against the English top flight, there really is no way of knowing whether or not Prijović would go on to be a hit on these shores.
Having started his career at Parma in 2007, Aleksandar bounced around all over Europe for six or seven years before beginning to find his feet, playing for clubs as lowly as Northampton Town, Yeovil Town and FC Lausanne-Sport in the Swiss second division with little to no success before discovering his goal-scoring touch whilst on the books of Turkish club Boluspor in the 2014–15 season. Scoring 16 times in 31 appearances, the frontman has had a record of almost one goal in two games ever since, drawing admiring glances from the likes of Palace as a direct result.
Having been named in Serbia’s squad for the 2018 World Cup and played against Costa Rica, it’s fair to say that his stock remains relatively high at the time of writing but with Roy Hodgson in desperate need of a proven goal-scorer to lead the line, it’s fair to say that this move will generate as much doubt amongst the Palace faithful as it does excitement.