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Crystal Palace: Eagles have identified target to compete with Jordan Ayew & Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace: Eagles have identified target to compete with Jordan Ayew & Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace are allegedly preparing to go in for Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan, with the club believing he is capable of battling Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke for places, according to reports.

The Sun have said the Eagles are ready to rival Championship clubs Swansea City and Bristol City to his signature, with both Championship sides fancying him this January.

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According to the story, Palace “believe” that he can compete with Jordan Ayew, Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham as an out-and-out striker within the Palace team.

It is said that Jurgen Klopp now has a decision to make: whether or not he should allow Brewster to leave Liverpool for regular football.

Considering Brewster hasn’t made an appearance for the first-team so far this season apart from in the EFL Cup (Transfermarkt), he doesn’t necessarily represent what Palace are after, although he could add some needed legs.

In his two EFL Cup appearances, he hasn’t been able to score once, though has scored five in eight for the U23 team in both the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League.

In fact, the forward is still yet to score his first-ever senior goal, and with Palace looking for an injection of goals, this one really doesn’t make sense.

With Palace also being linked to forwards such as Michy Batshuayi (The Express), Olivier Giroud (The Sun) and Alfredo Morelos (The Sun), this is a big step down from these three given the respective goal records of the aforementioned.

Roy Hodgson will be happy with Jordan Ayew’s increased form this season (scoring four already, per WhoScored), but even so, the club are still desperate for more attacking clout.

Palace already have the options of Ayew, Benteke or Wickham for just one space in the squad; it would make sense investing in a player who at least has a good chance of breaking into the first-team. Rhian Brewster would be a working development, and considering that Roy Hodgson has regularly put out one of the oldest teams in the division this season (Transfermarkt), it doesn’t seem a realistic proposition for him to blood him into the side without any previous experience.

Crystal Palace fans, would Brewster be a good addition to the squad? Let us know in the comment section below!

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