After a dismal start to last season, Croydon-born Roy Hodgson steadied the ship and guided the Eagles to safety. Despite Hodgson’s well-worked finish, problems remain at Crystal Palace.
Characteristically of the club leaving their business late, Palace have so far brought in Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate this summer, as well as bringing in stopper Vicente Guaita on a free from Getafe.
Whilst these signings are of a quality befitting a Premier League outfit, it doesn’t solve one key problem the Eagles have: a lack of goals. Palace’s highest goalscorer last season was defensive-minded midfielder Luka Milivojevic, aided by several penalties. Christian Benteke’s form was so poor that Hodgson resorted to playing Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up top, without a focal point to the attack. Not scoring in their opening seven games, in which talisman Zaha was injured, shows how much of an issue goals are for the the Eagles.
Benteke scored a measly three Premier League goals in a disastrous season for the Belgian target man. Indeed, the former Liverpool ace should look for a way out of Selhurst Park to reignite his career.
Benteke tarnished his reputation with the Eagles after he wrestled the ball off usual penalty-taker Luka Milivojevic, only to subsequently miss. This blunder cost the Eagles points in a 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth.
The confidence of the striker must have hit new lows last season and he needs a move away from Selhurst Park this summer to reignite his career. Forming a front-two partnership with Andreas Weimann whilst at Aston Villa, Benteke was lethal. If Benteke does exit Selhurst Park, he should move to a club who play a tw0-up-front. Benteke showed this season he is not capable of playing the lone striker role.