Crystal Palace were denied a valuable point against Bournemouth thanks to a last-minute penalty.
The Cherries took an early lead through David Brooks after just five minutes and dominated the majority of the first-half. However, the Eagles hit back through Patrick van Aanholt, and the Dutchman’s goal sparked a fire in Roy Hodgson’s men. However, with just minutes remaining, Mamadou Sakho was penalised for a foul on Jefferson Lerma, and Junior Stanislas slotted the resulting spot kick.
The result leaves Palace firmly in mid-table with just one win in their last six Premier League games. It’s clear that the former England manager has a lot of work to do to avoid another relegation battle starting with the January transfer window. A striker should be top priority and Palace should be keeping tabs on Kasimpasa forward – Mbaye Diagne.
Valued at just £1.35m by Transfermarkt, the 26-year-old signed by Juventus in 2013 with Antonio Conte identifying him as a potential star of the future. He was sent on loan to various clubs before eventually being sold to Hungarian side Ujpest before moving to China. However, it was not until joining Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig did he find his feet.
Diagne enjoyed a sensational season with the club, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances after joining the side in January. The Senegalese forward continued his hot streak in front of goal into the new campaign with eight league goals already in just seven appearances. Should his form continue, Palace should definitely bring him to Selhurst Park.
Standing at 6’ 4”, Diagne would have no issues adapting to the physicality of the Premier League. The forward is still improving and developing, working alongside the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Max Meyer could take his game to the next level.
Potentially available on the cheap, this is a no-brainer for the Eagles.
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