Crystal Palace has managed to score 37 goals with 27 Premier League games played so far this season, which is eight more than they had managed by the same point in their previous campaign, showing a significant improvement in the Eagles’ attacking ability in front of goal.
Despite this, one player that hasn’t contributed much to the south London club’s goalscoring record this year is winger Jordan Ayew, who has only found the back of the net on one occasion, which came during their 2-2 draw against Southampton back in December.
The 30-year-old has also managed to rack up a lower average of shots per game (1.2) than Odsonne Edouard (1.6), who has played fewer minutes in the league than the Ghanaian, as well as Conor Gallagher (1.7), who plays in midfield.
With this in mind and the fact that his current contract at Selhurst Park is set to expire in the summer, there’s every possibility that Patrick Vieira may be thinking of getting rid of the former Swansea City attacker at the end of the season if he doesn’t think he offers enough for the team going forward.
If this were to be the case, the 45-year-old may already have an ideal replacement for Ayew, whose performances on the international stage have been described as “worrying” in the past by former Hearts of Oak star Dan Quaye, already in his ranks at the south London club.
Since joining Palace back in the 2020 January transfer window from Scottish side Dundee United, 20-year-old winger Scott Banks has gone on to make 25 appearances for the club’s U23 side, racking up an impressive number of 12 goals and six assists along the way, showing that he certainly knows how to score and set up goals.
In the 12 league appearances he’s made for the U23s this season, there have only been four games where he hasn’t managed to make a goal contribution, showing not only how important he is for them, but how devastating he can be in the final third.
Labelled as a “smart” player by Vieira, the winger should definitely be in the Frenchman’s mind for a potential senior call up next season. If Ayew ends up leaving, it would give the youngster a clearer path to the first team if he can end this season with more goals and assists to his name.