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Crystal Palace: Ex-player recommends England forward for Eagles

Crystal Palace: Ex-player recommends England forward for Eagles

Former Crystal Palace legend Clinton Morrison has told talkSPORT that he thinks England international Danny Welbeck should be snapped up by his former club.

Indeed, they have been linked with a few strikers, yet nothing has materialised. Palace allegedly have made an offer of £14m for Fedor Chalov (Sky Sports) – the Russian Premier League’s Golden Boot winner last year – as well as forward Ollie Watkins (Daily Mail).

So with eight days to go before the season starts, Palace are left with four options upfront: Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew, Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth, who between them only managed two goals in the league last term (WhoScored).

Keeping this in mind – and that Benteke has only scored four goals in 46 games over the past two seasons at Palace (Transfermarkt) – they could need more firepower amid talk their top scorer from open play last season in Wilfried Zaha could leave – and Clinton Morrison has a suggestion.

The former Palace marksman – who sits joint fourth in their all-time top scorer list – suggests that they take a look at free agent Danny Welbeck and thinks that he could add a different dimension to the Eagles.

Morrison told talkSPORT: “I think he’s a terrific player. He’s not had the luck with injuries but he scores goals and his intentional record with England is second to none.

“He causes defenders a lot of problems. I would love him to sign for Crystal Palace.

“He’s exactly what Palace need; a centre-forward who can run in behind, who can score goals. He can do everything when he’s at it.

“I’m just surprised that we’re getting within a few weeks before the start of the season and he still isn’t at a football club. I don’t know if maybe his agent’s pricing him out of a move or something like that, but he’s a terrific player and I’d like to see Welbeck at a good Premier League club playing football again.”

Welbeck could be a good signing for Palace in an ideal world, mostly due to him being a different style of player – he can get in behind and stretch defences (as pointed out by the Telegraph), as well as having a good finishing ability, as suggested by his England goal record of 16 goals in 42 appearances (Transfermarkt).

However, wages could be a problem. As per the Guardian, the club are already struggling with their wage bill and a report from the Evening Standard suggested West Ham were put off by his £115k-p/w demands. According to SpotRac, such a figure would instantly see him become one of the club’s best-paid players, and for a player who has never recorded 30 league games within a season (Transfermarkt), it’s a risk Palace cannot afford to take despite what he can offer.

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