News that Christian Benteke will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks couldn’t have come at a worse time for Crystal Palace, who are yet to pick up a point or score a goal in the Premier League this season after six games.
Perhaps most worryingly, with Connor Wickham and even winger-forward Wilfried Zaha also on the injury list, manager Roy Hodgson doesn’t have an obvious understudy to fall back on.
However, that does create a rather interesting question for Palace fans to consider – namely, who they think could do a job in Benteke’s absence.
The obvious answer is Bakary Sako, who came on for Benteke during the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, but he’s more of a wide forward than a central striker.
Then there’s the alternative of giving youth a chance – both Levi Lumeka, aged 19, and Freddie Lapado, 24, will see Benteke’s injury as their opportunity to become regulars in the starting XI.
But considering none of those options are hugely convincing, it could be worth thinking a little more outside the box – someone like defender Scott Dann who can provide aerial presence up front, or winger Andros Townsend who has produced a few smart finishes down the years.
So, Palace fans, who do you think should be the focal point of attack in Benteke’s absence? Let us know by voting below…