According to Sky Sports’ deadline day transfer centre (August 8, 5:29pm), Crystal Palace failed to reach an agreement with RB Leipzig over the signing of striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, and now they could suffer as a result in the next few months.
Well, Sky Sports reported earlier this week that the Eagles were considering a move for the former Paris Saint-Germain man, and it seems they attempted to bring him to Selhurst Park before the deadline at 5pm on Thursday.
However, Sky Sports’ transfer blog says that while the south London outfit held talks with Augustin’s agent over a £15m move, the player wanted more time to consider his options on the continent with many other countries’ windows not slamming shut until the end of August or the beginning of September.
That left Palace without a new striker, although they have kept hold of Wilfried Zaha as things stand, with the attacker who has handed in a transfer request now only able to join a foreign club before January.
Given Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham scored one Premier League goal between them last season and another flop in Alexander Sorloth has left on loan having failed to score in 16 top-flight outings for the Eagles, it seems strange that they didn’t push harder for a new striker.
Rumours linked with them with Augustin and Russia international Fedor Chalov, but ultimately they failed to get a deal over the line.
The former may not have been a regular at Leipzig last term, but his record of 20 goals in 67 games for them – including a goal every 167 minutes on average in 2018/19 given he netted eight times in just 1,339 minutes on the pitch according to Transfermarkt – prove that he can be clinical when given a chance.
With Benteke also only scoring three times in 2017/18 and Wickham only making 42 appearances in four years with Palace having suffered some huge injury issues, the side could easily suffer in terms of their goal tally if the duo and the likes of Andros Townsend, Luka Milivojevic and Zaha fail to produce the goods.