Cardiff City are interested in signing Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham this month and have made enquiries about his availability.
According to Football Insider, the Welsh side and a host of other Championship clubs, including Nottingham Forest, are all keen. So the question now is, should Palace consider cashing in?
The answer is probably yes, with doing so possibly the best outcome for all parties. Simply put, Palace’s Wickham experiment has just not worked out.
The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries and, despite now being fit, faces a real battle for regular minutes. The Eagles have recently brought in Cenk Tosun on loan from Everton, while Jordan Ayew has done a good job up front when called upon.
The Ghana international, who is Palace’s leading goalscorer with six goals, has been winning three aerial duels per Premier League game and has a pass success rate of 78.7% (via WhoScored). Back in the 2015/16 season, the last time Wickham managed to get a decent amount of minutes under his belt, he won 2.6 aerial duels per game, registered a pass success rate of 66.7% and finished the term with five goals.
Paling in comparison to Ayew, Wickham will find minutes hard to come by at Selhurst Park. The arrival of Tosun has complicated things while Christian Benteke, another centre-forward at the club, is a rival for that striker position that Roy Hodgson remains loyal to.
Despite struggling for form (has failed to score a single goal in the current campaign), Hodgson has still opted to use the Belgian on 15 occasions in the league this season, four times from the start and 11 off the bench. Taking that into account, a departure for Wickham could be best for everyone.
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