As well as they have played this season, the underlying problem for Pardew’s Palace has been the lack of goals from their central striker.
Bakary Sako has operated well in the role, despite naturally being a winger, whilst Connor Wickham has failed to justify his extreme price tag in the summer.
At the moment, it seems as though the fans at Selhurst Park are witnessing some of the best football they have seen in several decades and they might be a quality striker away from having a squad to challenge with the best clubs in the league.
As the race for European football appears to be more open than ever, a good investment in a trusted goal scorer like Jordan Rhodes could see the Eagles make the top 6 and be playing regular midweek fixtures next season.
The brilliance of Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye is bound to make chances and this could just be the year that Palace take the step to compete with the big boys.
Here are FIVE reasons they must sign Jordan Rhodes…
For such a remarkable fan base, Palace have a relatively ordinary home record.
This is largely down to their style of play. Pardew’s side focus on quick break away football and this can be stunted quite easily by sides who sit deep, so a striker of Rhodes’ quality would be ideal to help break down deeper defences and give them another option with slower build up.
The ex-Arsenal man’s football is nearly as bad as his hair and the signing of Rhodes would give Pardew another reason to move on the Moroccan.
Chamakh has, to be fair to him, improved in the last few seasons, but he looks on a different planet from the other players in this Palace squad and he simply does not fit in.
Although he has dropped deeper, the signing of Rhodes would allow a shift around of several other forward players.
Aside from his own excellent record, Rhodes, as a proven goal scorer, would provide the Eagles with an option that doesn’t entirely rely on the pace and skill of their electric wingers.
Wickham might do decent work for the team, but any striker who has such a poor goal return cannot be the focal point of the team.
In stark contrast to Wickham, Rhodes has regularly proved his ability as a goal scorer in the Championship and is almost a guaranteed success in the Premier League.
Even when his side have been struggling, Rhodes is a player who can be relied on to finish a very good percentage of chances given to him and this could be the difference for Palace’s second half of the campaign.
With the Premier League more open than ever this season, European football next season is a very real prospect for Pardiola’s men.
The addition of a reliable centre forward might be all the Eagles need to qualify for the Europa League and the extra pedigree associated with involvement in European competition.
The prospect of European football would be hugely beneficial to retaining their stars in the summer.