Crystal Palace made it through the third round of the FA Cup thanks to a late header from Jordan Ayew against Grimsby on Saturday but speaking after the clash, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson spoke openly about the need for an extra striker or two in the January window.
After handing a start to Alexander Sørloth against the League Two outfit, Hodgson was given no choice but to introduce Connor Wickham and Jordan Ayew to the game after a number of misfires from the inexperienced Norwegian. Whilst the hosts battered Grimsby in terms of attempts at goal, there was simply no one to apply the finishing touch to things until time had almost run out, highlighting better than ever, the pressing need for reinforcements in the final third.
There had been talk of former Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke making the move from Anfield to Selhurst Park on loan at the very start of the transfer window but after concerns were raised over the 21-year-old’s chances of coming straight into contention for a starting place in the first-team, negotiations were halted from Palace’s end. The days that have passed since have given us next to nothing concrete in terms of incoming transfer gossip but Roy’s words certainly act as a positive to supporters looking for signs that the club are still actively shifting through the market for viable goalscoring options.
With Christian Benteke now back in full training after an operation on his troublesome knee back in September, there will be genuine hope from the training ground of the Belgian hitting the ground running in a week or so but even with the 28-year-old’s reintroduction, it’s clear that the boss would like an extra body vying for a starting place at the head of the side between now and May.
With Jordan Ayew’s loan stint set to come to an end when January finishes and talk of Sørloth being sent on loan to Genk within the next week or two, things could be all change in south London by the time the window closes. Hopefully, any deals we are working on can be concluded without any leaks emerging, given the hysteria that is created when tidbits of information are drip-fed by the press but with time ticking away, we shouldn’t have to wait long until the wheels start really turning.