Crystal Palace should regret not trying harder to sign summer target Munas Dabbur

Crystal Palace were heavily linked with a move for Red Bull Salzburg striker Munas Dabbur during the summer transfer window, and they should be gutted at not getting him having seen his brilliant form so far this season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, after the failures of Christian Benteke and Alexander Sorloth in recent months, it seemed clear to see that the Eagles needed a new centre-forward during the summer transfer window – especially with both Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend sometimes filling in up top.

Spanish media outlet Estadio Deportivo reported at the beginning of August that the prolific front man was set to move to Selhurst Park despite interest from La Liga clubs Valencia and Sevilla, but the Israel international ended up remaining with the Austrian outfit.

He has continued to catch the eye for Salzburg this term, including netting twice in his side’s 3-1 Europa League group victory against Celtic on Thursday night.

How will Palace be feeling?

They will be really frustrated.

Their goalscoring issues have continued into the 2018/19 campaign even with the addition of attacker Jordan Ayew from Swansea City during the summer, and they have found the net just five times in their seven Premier League fixtures – losing four of those – so far this term.

Benteke failed to score in four starts before picking up a knee injury, while Sorloth didn’t get his first goal for the Eagles until the Carabao Cup tie against the Swans at the end of August despite joining them during the 2018 January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Dabbur has netted 15 times in 16 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg, and he looks to be the prolific striker that the south London club are desperately missing right now.