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Crystal Palace: Handing out-of-favour Connor Wickham new contract makes no sense

Crystal Palace: Handing out-of-favour Connor Wickham new contract makes no sense

It’s almost as if Crystal Palace don’t want their striker crisis to end.

Indeed, rather than working on the deals for signing some quality strikers, they’re seemingly rewarding the mediocrity which has plagued their seasons over the past few years.

Maybe Steve Parish is deluded enough to think Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend will be there to save the day all the time. Well, he’s certainly divided opinion by extending the contract of outcast Connor Wickham, who only made seven appearances all season last time out. In those, he only netted one goal and assisted one in the meantime.

Terrible, terrible stuff.

While it seemed like Wickham was on the rise after his FA Cup stunner against Tottenham Hotspur, the ghost of injury haunted him again. That being said, Palace shouldn’t become the club which empathizes too much with injury-prone players. They can’t afford to waste money on players on the sidelines all the time, especially considering how toothless their attack has been.

Obviously, Wickham looked a lethal striker years ago but has lost his lethal finishing ability with all his persistent injuries. Why reward a player who’s turned into a has-been and lost the ability to compete at the top? Something only Parish can answer.

Rewarding a player who last scored a Premier League goal three years ago shows Palace’s lack of urgency in boosting the striker’s department. Frankly, as long as the inconsistent striker is a viable option, the Eagles will never be able to break into the top half of the highly competitive league.

Palace fans, are you satisfied with Wickham’s contract extension? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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