According to The Evening Standard, Crystal Palace are tracking Birmingham’s Che Adams as they look to add some firepower to their front line this summer, with a new centre-forward a priority once Michy Batshuayi returns to parent club Chelsea.
The speedster has been in sensational form for the Blues this campaign and has surely attracted a number of admirers, so it may be difficult for Palace to lure him to south London. That said, he could be the signing which sees Christian Benteke record more performances of last weekend’s standard.
Well, The Evening Standard reports that the 22-year-old hotshot is on the Eagles’ radar having netted an impressive 22 goals and chalked up five assists in 44 league appearances this campaign.
Perhaps more applause-worthy, though, is the fact that he has reached those tallies with Birmingham currently sat 17th in the Championship; imagine what he could do with a better team around him.
A powerful, tenacious and pacey striker, the Leicester-born striker looks to have all the attributes to succeed in a team whose strength lies in counter-attacking, although it’s the impact he could have to his potential partner that makes the move all the more appealing.
Benteke netted his first goal of the season on Sunday against Arsenal and also teed up Wilfried Zaha for Palace’s second, although it will take more than one fantastic performance for the Selhurst Park hierarchy to be convinced that he has a future at the club.
Teamed with the electrifying Zaha up front, the former Aston Villa man was a constant thorn in the Gunners’ side and the thunder and lightning partnership were on fine form to give the Eagles three points which secured Premier League football for 2019/20.
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Benteke benefitted greatly from Zaha’s ball-carrying abilities and runs in behind but, with the Ivorian’s future in doubt, the big Belgian could return to his blunt ways as soon as next season.
The addition of Adams, however, would mean that Benteke still has that pace up front alongside him to terrorise defences again.
With Jack Grealish being lined up as a potential replacement for the talismanic Zaha, it’s really Adams that would have the impact required to soften the blow felt by the number 11’s departure, forget the classy Villa man.