It’ll come as little surprise to Crystal Palace fans but with striking options looking sparse at best this January, it now looks as though we’ll have concrete competition in the race to sign Everton striker Oumar Niasse before the transfer deadline.
The Senegalese frontman has been linked with a switch to Selhurst Park on more than one occasion in the past and is seemingly in our thoughts yet again partway through the season but with Neil Warnock and Cardiff also struggling massively for attacking firepower, it sounds as though we’ll have a fight on our hands if we are to land him. There has been plenty of talk surrounding the Bluebirds and a deal for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala but the suggestion now is that Warnock would ideally like both he and Niasse, to aid their battle against the drop between now and May.
Having been linked with names like Dominic Solanke and Michy Batshuayi since the start of the window, I can’t pretend that it wouldn’t feel like a bit of a step down just to end up with Niasse by the time January comes to an end but having spoken to plenty of Everton fans about him on and off over the last 12 months, it does sound as though Oumar has an almost unexplainable knack of popping up with goals here and there.
One particular Everton fan explained Niasse’s game to me as “unmanageable chaos” which, despite obvious drawbacks does sound like something of a laugh to watch from week to week. He’s not the star striker any of us would hope for but given the lack of cutting edge we’re currently blessed with in the final third, the term “beggars can’t be choosers” springs to mind.
We could well see Christian Benteke return from injury like a new man, completely shifting the need for goals away from our primary focus but as things stand, the Belgian is still in the first tentative steps of his recovery and as such, we need to remain cautious. We undoubtedly have enough quality to survive the drop if we play to our full potential; sadly, from an attacking perspective, we haven’t been anywhere close to that on far too many occasions since August.
Hopefully, whether it’s down to Benteke’s return of an injection of goals from the market, that side of things is about to change.