According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are one of a host of Premier League clubs keen on signing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham who has impressed on loan at Aston Villa this season – with a move for Dominic Solanke apparently near completion, if Abraham can be brought in too Wilfried Zaha will have the strike-force he’s been dreaming of.
Well, The Daily Mail reports that the Eagles are set to compete with last season’s Championship winners, Wolves, as well as fellow strugglers Huddersfield and Burnley for the 21-year-old, whose loan spell at Villa Park is in real danger of being terminated as the aforementioned top flight sides circle.
Abraham is a beneficial, or a victim depending on how you perceive it, of the Blues’ famous youth loan system – his strike rate this season in claret and blue is far better than those of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge which begs the question as to why he hasn’t been given a chance, while it is equally true that he might not have been able to showcase this quality if he was languishing in the reserves instead of being out on loan.
Unlike Abraham and the Villans, Palace are finding goals hard to come by and that hasn’t been helped by the fact that none of Roy Hodgson’s conventional striker options have netted in the league this season – this new, young strike partnership that appears to be on the cards sounds fantastic and will surely have Zaha chomping at the bit going into the second half of the season.
Despite being one of the tallest forwards in the league, the Englishman is far from lacking in the pace department and it is this which will make him an ideal fit for Hodgson’s fluid attack, but it’s surely his finishing abilities that have put him on Dougie Freedman’s radar.
Palace’s inability to test the keeper, let alone beat him, has meant that, for all their creative prowess, they often dropped points in games which they largely dominated – however, Abraham will likely hit the target when he pulls the trigger.
The talismanic Zaha has been off the boil in recent weeks and has recorded just one assist in his last eight appearances but, with two hungry, clinical strikers being linked with moves to Selhurst Park, he will surely see a meteoric rise in those numbers if Palace get the two deals across the line.
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