It’s been something of an annus horribilis for Christian Benteke.
Following a torrid time up front in which he only netted three times for the Eagles, the Belgian striker – who Transfermarkt value at £19.8million – was then not selected for his country’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Roberto Martinez instead opted to take Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi as his striking options to Russia.
To make things worse, the Evening Standard are now reporting that Crystal Palace are prepared to sell their misfiring striker this summer.
After having spent £27million to bring him from Liverpool to Selhurst Park, the club are hoping to recoup some of the funds, with a move to the Chinese Super League most likely.
Beijing Guoan made a bid for the forward last year and there is still interest in China despite his poor form.
Crystal Palace fans have been reacting to the news that one of their star players could be out the door this summer, with opinion split on whether it’s time for the striker to move on.
Sad, as we know what he is capable of, I would like to say he should be given the chance to turn it around at Palace, but it’s a risk to rely on it happening
— Dean Smythe (@DeanSmythe1) June 5, 2018
And cue the fans coming on here to say ‘get rid, he’s useless’, disregarding his first season completely…
— Lee Eyres (@lee_eyres) June 5, 2018
regardless of his form last season, name me a realistic alternative (mitro is the one that comes to mind) that has the capacity benteke has?
— R9 (@fidanzataitalia) June 5, 2018
Well it’s all about opinions Lee and I hand on heart believe that now is the right time to sell Benteke #cpfc
— cpfcthroughandthrough (@hairymalamute) June 5, 2018
Can’t say I’m surprised.
— SyGuy (@SyGuySharp) June 5, 2018
Benteke alone can keep us up if his confident returns I believe he will come good just time.
— Mr Palace ? (@NkwembeMr) June 5, 2018
Needs a better team. Would do really well in a team who can get the ball into the box more than 3 times a game .
— Waseem Bux (@Waseem_bux1) June 5, 2018
Personally think it will be a big mistake to sell Benteke, last season goal tally was disappointing but I believe he could get 15 goals next season. ?? #cpfc
— ? Daniel Nye ⚽️ (@Cabaye1Get1Free) June 5, 2018
Crystal Palace going to struggle to move on Benteke. He had an awful season. Think his time has come to go to China or if he’ll drop his wage demands maybe drop down to the Championship and return to Villa.
— Savvy (@Cheqraise1) June 5, 2018