Crystal Palace can put an end to their desperate attempts to sign a striker with a move for Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who is out-of-favour at the King Power Stadium and is struggling to find the back of the net – a fresh start could change all of that, however.
Since signing for the Foxes in a £25m move from Manchester City, the Nigerian attacker has scored just four goals in 39 Premier League appearances, along with recording six assists as he has seriously struggled to dislodge Jamie Vardy from the starting lineup – so far this season, he has just one league strike to his name.
The 22-year-old is starting to look like a very expensive recruitment error from the 2016 Premier League champions, but in fairness to them, you can’t blame them for wanting Iheanacho at the time – he was one of the league’s most efficient forwards before he departed the Etihad.
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Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 games for the Citizens and seemed to find the back of the net every time he stepped out onto the field. Now, however, with boss Claude Puel’s future at the club uncertain, and with Iheanacho’s chances limited, a move to Selhurst Park could be just what he needs.
For one, the Nigerian isn’t a bad player – you don’t just lose talent such as his overnight. He was extremely highly-rated at Manchester City, and still possesses eye-catching speed, skill and finishing ability. It also shouldn’t be forgotten that he is just 22 years of age, with an abundance of time on his side.
With just Jordan Ayew as the only striker at the club to have scored a league goal this season, Roy Hodgson must sign a new frontman this month to give his team the best chance of survival, and to put an end to the failed experiment of using Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha as strikers.
On the topic of Zaha, his talents in unlocking defences and freeing up space could enable a promising partnership to flourish between himself and Iheanacho, who could cause havoc up top for the Eagles together.