West Brom have been handed a late setback in their pursuit of Christian Benteke…
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson poured cold water on the chances of the 30-year-old leaving Selhurst Park amid reported interest from the Baggies.
Hodgson: “We have a squad of players who are more than capable of seeing us through the season.”
Confirms Benteke will be travelling.
“I’m happy that he is staying with us.”
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) February 1, 2021
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon only a few days ago, the Eagles had given the ‘green light’ to any Benteke departure ahead of deadline day but as evident above, that does not seem to be the case.
And that’ll come as a late setback for Sam Allardyce, who has managed the 6 foot 3 colossus before, and revealed himself that he’d be “interested” in signing him this window.
The 38-cap Belgian striker was an influential part of the Palace side that Big Sam successfully steered to safety in 2016/17.
He’d surely have wanted the former Villa man in to repeat similar exploits as he’s a vastly-experienced Premier League forward with a pretty decent goalscoring record.
Indeed, Benteke has provided 75 goals in 239 top-flight appearances and even though Mbaye Diagne has been brought through from Galatasaray this window, he has never ever played in English football, so that’s a massive risk.
Only two other teams have conceded fewer goals than West Brom (17), one of which being rock-bottom Sheffield United, so Allardyce could have done with even more options in attack, especially as both Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin departed on loan.
That’s two out, one in, and that may not be enough.
The once dubbed an “absolute monster” won’t be joining Albion before tonight’s 11pm deadline and that’s a bad blow towards their survival chances. Benteke’s best returns were under Allardyce, so that could have been a lucrative partnership worth reigniting in the Midlands this month.
AND in other news, West Brom must seal deal for £25k-p/w beast, Klopp once dubbed him “very impressive“…