Crystal Palace’s first game of the season against West Brom highlighted their dire need for a striker, with Alan Pardew admitting it in his post-match interview.
They have plenty of classy players, but they lack a player with the killer instinct to ensure they avoid a relegation scrap this season…
Benteke has been a hot topic in transfer speculation throughout the summer due to Jurgen Klopp not seeing him as part of his future plans.
However, Liverpool are unwilling to lose much money on him, so a bid of around £30million is needed which is a lot of money for a club like Palace.
Yannick Bolasie has gone to Everton for £25million, which could fund Benteke’s deal, and this would be a good business for Palace due to Benteke being the ideal player for their team.
Palace have lots of pacy wingers with good crossing ability, so Benteke would be the ideal target man for the team due to his heading ability, and expertise at holding the ball up in order to give the rest of the team chance to move up field.
The transfer would be good for both because Palace desperately need a striker, and Benteke needs game time preferably in the Premier League, so it would be a solution to both of their problems.
Fresh from his title-winning season with Leicester, Ulloa could fit well into the team due to the style of Palace suiting him better than Leicester because of their focus on target man play and use of set pieces rather than long balls behind the defence for striker to run on to which Leicester used last season.
Ulloa proved at Brighton that he can be the focal point of a team, where he scored 23 goals in 50 games, which isn’t a bad return, and the service the Crystal Palace players provide would certainly allow him to thrive.
He still managed to get six goals last season, even though he was behind Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in the striker ranks, so he certainly has an eye for goal and has proven experience at this level.
It looks likely that Bony is going to be third in the pecking order behind Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho at Manchester City, so putting a decent sized bid for him could be enough to tempt him away from the Etihad Stadium.
Joining Manchester City was a step too far for him, but for a club such as Crystal Palace he would be ideal due to his experience at this level, and proficiency which he showed at Swansea.
Bony would also benefit from this move because he would be guaranteed first team football which is something he has not had for a while.
It would probably take an offer of around £20million to get him which is steep, but could prove to be a bargain over time.
Robson-Kanu proved at Euro 2016 that if he is confident, and in the right team set up then he can flourish with his Cruyff turn goal against Belgium being the epitomy of this.
Due to Robson-Kanu being released by Reading prior to the Euros, he is available on a free transfer, which makes him an even more attractive proposition.
The main problem for him in Palace’s eyes is that he’s more of a winger than a striker, even though he played that role well for Wales at the Euros. So it would be a gamble putting him up front due to the doubts over whether he could fit in to the team’s style of play because he isn’t a natural target man.
However, he is one of the cheapest options on the market, which is in his favour, but he may be looking for a bigger team due to the amount of interest he is attracting.
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