A January Offer Is Being Prepared For Benteke – Palace Would Be Mad To Accept

1 Posted by - December 17, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke appears to once again be the subject of interest from Turkey with reports of Besiktas lining up an offer for his services in the press over the weekend. 

The 28-year-old is a world-recognised striker, having enjoyed high profile stints on the books of both Aston Villa and Liverpool but after a dreadful 2017-18 campaign in red and blue, there was plenty of chatter suggesting that a move away from SE25 may have been on the cards. 

Despite returning from the summer break looking fresh and revitalised against Fulham on the opening day, a niggling knee problem re-emerged whilst the big man was away on international duty with Belgium soon after, leading to surgery which has kept him out of action ever since. The general consensus is that Christian has been carrying and patching up the knee issue for a while; with it likely to have been halting any chance he had of playing to his full potential but with rehab now entering its final stages, there is real hope of him coming back into the side and looking like his old self once more. 

Given the struggles Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff have endured in Big Ben’s absence, I personally can’t imagine they’d even entertain the idea of sanctioning a move away for him in January, particularly one which only sees him flying the nest on a temporary basis. We need all the help we can get in the final third and having made it this far into his rehabilitation, it would seem foolish to wave him goodbye whilst we remain embroiled in a battle against the drop. 

Connor Wickham returned to the Palace bench against Leicester last weekend, meaning the gaffer may soon have both he and Christian to choose from each week; it’s been a long time coming but finally, we’re back on the verge of having a threatening forward line to select from against Premier League opposition. 

I never thought I’d see the day again. 

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  • Ben December 17, 2018 - 9:30 am Reply

    I personally would wish the club and player had been honest with us about Bentekes injury if he’s been hampered by it for a while. I understand they don’t want to pass info onto opposition but it was obvious that he wasn’t the same player last season. It’s not fair to the player for us supporters to think he’s suddenly hopeless when there is a genuine reason for him not being his best. We would have all had a lot more admiration towards him had we known he was injured but doing his best for the team as there wasn’t any other options!

  • Tony Jones December 17, 2018 - 11:00 am Reply

    Even allowing for the possibility of not being 100%, there is no excuse for not closing defenders down and being nailed to the spot when crosses come in. Take a look at Glen Murray’s anticipation of just where the ball is likely to go and how he moves. It’s what’s between the ears that matters. Benteke is motionless, waiting for the ball to land on his head. let him go, please.

  • Rob December 17, 2018 - 11:17 am Reply

    I wouldn’t agree on a loan. What’s the point. If they came in with £20M though you take their arm off and reinvest that money elsewhere.

    But we know no-ones going to pay any sensible money for someone only chalking up 3 goals in a year. . .

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