The Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern were extremely frustrated by Christian Benteke’s performances at the spearhead of their side’s attack last season, and they are hoping their club can sign a new player to challenge him for a starting berth next season.
Roy Hodgson steered his side to safety last season despite flirting with the prospect of relegation for the majority of the season. The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojevic impressed in the final-third and played key roles in Palace’s survival bid, however, the same cannot be said of Benteke who struggled for form in a lone striker role.
Towards the end of the season Hodgson decided to mix things up when Benteke was sidelined by playing the dynamic attacking pairing of Zaha and Townsend at centre-forward despite the fact that neither are naturally suited to the role.
Palace enjoyed great success and eventually claimed the points they needed to stay in the top-flight, and their escape mission served to prove that Benteke’s presence represented more of a hindrance than a benefit to the Eagles.
With that in mind, Hodgson must sign a new striker this summer to replace the Belgium international, and one man who should be firmly on his radar is Liverpool’s Danny Ings (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt).
Since joining the Reds from Burnley in 2015 Ings has endured nothing short of a nightmare period in his career which has been plagued by terrible injuries and a subsequent struggle for first-team opportunities.
The 25-year-old failed to complete 90 minutes of football throughout the entirety of the previous campaign and he only made 3 Premier League starts for the club, but there were certainly signs of the promise he demonstrated for Burnley within his performances.
Ings is a clinical finisher with plenty of technical quality and mobility to disrupt defenders in behind – something which Benteke was desperately lacking last season.
His injury record is naturally a concern, but after three torrid years at Liverpool it’s likely that he will be available at a very modest price and, if that proves to be the case, Hodgson should offer him a lifeline by bringing him to Selhurst Park.
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