Up front had been a problem area for Crystal Palace until the south London club signed Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea at the end of the January transfer window.
But with the Belgian only at Selhurst Park on a loan deal until the end of the season, Roy Hodgson could find himself back in the market for a striker with Rafael Santos Borre one name the Eagles are said to be looking at (Marca Claro via Sport Witness).
And should they be able to land the River Plate man, it could be good news for one of their signings from the last summer transfer window.
Since arriving at Crystal Palace from Schalke, Max Meyer has not always been the first name on Hodgson’s teamsheet.
For the way the Crystal Palace boss wants to play, the 23-year-old is perhaps not the most compatible of players for his system at the start of games.
However, with a No.9 like Borre up front, Hodgson is going to need a player with a bit more creativity in the side to unlock the Colombian — something which Meyer has.
In contrast to Christian Benteke, who is a target man, and Michy Batshuayi, who lives in the opposition’s penalty box, Borre is the sort of forward who has built his game on movement and making runs in behind with his pace.
And in Crystal Palace’s squad, there is probably not a better player than Meyer when it comes to having the vision to spot those runs and ability to execute the required pass.
A deal for Borre is a long way away, but it is a deal Meyer needs to happen. If it does, it could just prove to be the development that helps to spring the Germany international’s career at Selhurst Park into life.
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