Crystal Palace are reportedly eyeing Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres ahead of the January transfer window and the Swedish striker could be a superb addition to Patrick Vieira’s side.
According to Football League World, Palace, West Ham, Everton and Southampton are all keen on the 24-year-old, who currently sits joint-top of the goalscoring charts on nine in the Championship after an excellent start to the season.
The website claims that the in-form Sky Blues are keen to offer Gyokeres a new contract in order to fend off interest from the Premier League, with Mark Robins’ side no doubt having their own aspirations of reaching the top flight after winning each of their last four games without conceding a goal.
For too long now, Palace have been far too reliant on Wilfried Zaha as the main source of goals at Selhurst Park. The Ivorian winger has topped the charts in each of the last three seasons and looks set to depart when his contract expires next summer, so it seems clear that Vieira needs a true goalscoring replacement.
Gyokeres could certainly offer that, as he has 26 goals in his last 64 Championship appearances, and scores in the 99th percentile for forwards receiving progressive passes according to FBRef, which emphasises his ability to get into goalscoring situations.
Watford manager was full of praise for the Sweden international after he scored the winning goal at Vicarage Road earlier this month.
He said: “He is a very strong striker, a player who can not only keep and hold the ball but he can hurt you. He can run into the channels and he’s strong.
“We weren’t surprised by him. We had him marked down as their target man. He’s not an old-fashioned typical target man though, because target men have problems in movement. He is a target man but also has good movement.
“The defenders stopped him well at times, they fouled him, they gave him a good game. But he is a very good player.”
Gyokeres certainly seems to have the physicality to be a success in the Premier League, which is emphasised by his average of 1.8 aerials won per game in the Championship – more than both Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta this season.
Therefore, Steve Parish should definitely look at bringing the Swede to Selhurst Park in January, as he could be a huge success in Vieira’s side should he continue his form from the Championship in the top flight.