Crystal Palace should make a player-plus-cash deal for Leeds’ goalscoring sensation Kemar Roofe, using the out-of-favour Scott Dann as a makeweight in the deal for a player who would solve their goalscoring woes.
Well, Dann has found himself out of favour with the Eagles as a result of a long-term injury, coupled with the form of an unshakeable defensive duo in Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.
The 31-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last season, which kept him out of action for over eight months – he recently made his return to the first-team in the FA Cup win over Grimsby.
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However, now he is fit, the former Blackburn man looks to have no way back into Roy Hodgson’s team selection, especially given the form of Sakho and Tomkins who have helped the south London-based side keep an impressive eight clean sheets this season – only Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have kept more.
Furthermore, with Leeds having a bit of an injury crisis in defence, which has resulted in them shipping 12 goals in their last five games in all competitions, the deal would suit both parties hugely.
Absolutely. There is no need to keep a player who isn’t getting game time, but one who is also far too good to be sat on the sidelines – whilst he still has a fair bit of value to his name, Palace should make the most of their asset.
26-year-old Roofe has been in stunning form for the Championship leaders Leeds this season, scoring 13 goals in 20 games so far and emerging as one of the deadliest forward in the league.
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In contrast, the Eagles’ top scoring striker is Jordan Ayew with just two goals to his name, with both of those coming in the last two games against Wolves and Grimsby.
Christian Benteke hasn’t found the back of the net since April, whilst Connor Wickham is still regaining his fitness after missing around two years of football with a serious knee injury. Their other option in that department, Alexander Sorloth, looks set to leave the club in the coming days, which only reinforces their need for another striker.