Crystal Palace should be looking to replace Christian Benteke when the January transfer window reopens.
Roy Hodgson’s side have struggled to score consistently in the Premier League this season, and their overreliance on Wilfried Zaha could prove costly. After initially making a great start to life at Selhurst Park, £27m star Benteke has failed to live up to expectations following his move from Liverpool. The Belgian was once one of most feared forwards in the division but has found the back of the net only twice in 2018.
Benteke is yet to score in the Premier League this season with Hodgson failing to bring the best out of the former Aston Villa man. The only solution Palace have is to cut their losses and aim to deliver a top goal scorer to the club in January. Despite his struggles, the Eagles could still demand a large fee for the 27-year-old meaning they could spend lavishly on his replacement.
One man they should attempt to lure back to the Premier League is Celta Vigo forward – Iago Aspas. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard is well known by Premier League from his awful spell with Liverpool. After many poor performances, Liverpool eventually sold the forward to Sevilla before finding his feet at Celta Vigo.
Since leaving Merseyside, Aspas has been scoring for fun in La Liga. The 31-year-old netted 14 league goals in his first season back with the club, before netting 19 goals in 2016/17 as well as scoring 22 in the previous campaign. His hot streak in front of goal shows no signs of slowing down with Aspas already scoring five goals in his opening six appearances this season.
If Palace could manage to convince the Spain international to return to the Premier League, they would be wise to give him another chance to impress in England.
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