Revealed: Palace fans vote for Freddie Ladapo to start up front in Benteke’s absence

Crystal Palace’s season has consistently been going from bad to worse. Not only are the Eagles rock-bottom of the Premier League table without scoring a goal, but their club-record signing and star striker Christian Benteke will now be sidelined through injury for the next six weeks.

Aside from being their most talented player, the real problem is that Palace don’t have an obvious understudy for the Belgium international, with Connor Wickham also on the injury list.

With that in mind, we asked Palace supporters earlier this week to vote for who they’d like to see fill Benteke’s void in the coming weeks and it was Freddie Ladapo who won our poll with 38% of the vote.

That is despite the 24-year-old being yet to make a competitive appearance for the South Londoners after moving to Selhurst Park from Margate back in 2016 and scoring just six times during two loan spells in League One.

But perhaps the bigger surprise is how poorly Andros Townsend fared in our poll. Despite being a borderline forward by trade as one of Palace’s wide-men, just 6% would like to see the England international fielded up front – a third of the amount willing to give centre-back Scott Dann a chance.