Crystal Palace ended their recent slump with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Huddersfield at the weekend.
The Eagles entered the international break with just one win so far this season which came on the opening day against newly promoted Fulham. Despite the Terriers having the greater share of possession, Palace took their chance when it came with Wilfried Zaha netting the only goal of the game to secure a massive three points for Roy Hodgson. Once again it was the Ivorian who came up with the goods when needed.
Palace haven’t won a match in two years without Zaha in the side – highlighting his massive importance in the team. If the Eagles are to be successful this season, they need to add goals from other areas and not rely solely on the ex-Manchester United winger. Hodgson needs to address this issue in January.
The perfect solution could be Atlanta forward – Josef Martinez. Valued at £5.85m by Transfermarkt, the Venezuela international has shattered MLS records since moving to the States from Torino last year. Martinez has been in fine form this season, scoring 28 goals in 28 appearances, breaking the league goalscoring record in only his second year at the club.
His time in Italy shouldn’t drive Palace away as Martinez was never given a chance to sign due to form of Andrea Belotti in the attack. Indeed, defences in the MLS are far inferior to the Premier League, but nothing can be taken away from the youngster’s incredible goalscoring exploits. A pacey and powerful forward – he has all the right attributes to be a success in England.
If he is open to returning to Europe, the Eagles must bring him to Selhurst Park.
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