According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Crystal Palace are eyeing up a move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke. The young Englishman made the move to Anfield back in the summer of 2017 following the expiration of his contract at Chelsea, although a lack of regular game time under manager Jurgen Klopp this season has plunged his future at the club into doubt.
And reports suggest that Roy Hodgson’s Palace are eyeing up a move for the 21-year-old, but given he has hardly pulled up any trees since moving to Liverpool last year, the Eagles should forget about him and instead target another Reds star somewhat out of favour this season, namely fellow striker Divock Origi.
Ultimately, there was much expectation among Liverpudlians when the talented Solanke made the move to Merseyside in 2017, what with the England international shining on loan at Vitesse in the 2015/16 season to underline his goal-scoring prowess.
Yet the 21-year-old unsurprisingly failed to dispose the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah from Klopp’s starting eleven last term, waiting until the final day of the Premier League season to net his first goal for the club – that’s hardly a prolific strike-rate.
And with no senior appearances this term as well, it would be a huge gamble from Hodgson to place his faith in Solanke to get the goals to keep Palace in the division – there simply haven’t been any signs of that in the last 12 months or so.
And while Liverpool teammate Origi hasn’t had much of a kick either this term, his overall Premier League record suggests that he would be a markedly better addition to Hodgson’s Palace squad.
The 23-year-old made the move to Anfield back in 2014 but it wasn’t until the following season in which he really proved his worth to the Reds, scoring ten goals in just 33 appearances as Klopp’s side reached the final of both the League Cup and indeed the Europa League.
But it was the 2016/17 campaign which should be of keen interest to Palace boss Hodgson, as Origi was excellent when called upon to deputise up top in Klopp’s team, netting seven times in 34 Premier League games and 11 in all competitions as the Reds returned to the top four – he underlined his top-flight capabilities that term in particular.
And by reacting quickest to net the winner in the Merseyside derby at the start of the month, the Belgium international clearly retains that predatory instinct in front of goal despite his lack of football this season – he appears better placed than Solanke to hit the ground running were he to make a January move.
And that should be of keen interest to Palace manager Hodgson as he seeks the striking reinforcements his side desperately need to move up the Premier League table – Solanke could prove to be a fine addition, but it’s a big risk given his lack of prior top-flight success.
Whereas Liverpool teammate Origi has proven his worth in the past and indeed more recently this season, which is why the Eagles should forget about the Englishman and instead target the Belgian ace come the New Year.
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