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.