Christian Benteke is fighting to save his Crystal Palace career as his time at Selhurst Park could be running out.
The Belgium international was once one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League. Known his massive physical presence, Benteke burst on to the scene with Aston Villa before later joining Liverpool in a deal worth over £32m. However, his move to Merseyside did not go to plan, and he sold to Crystal Palace for £27m back in 2016.
Benteke made a great start to life with the Eagles, scoring 15 Premier League goals in his first season at the club. However, his form has since curtailed with the 27-year-old managing just two goals in the entirety of 2018 so far; he is yet to find the back of the net this season. With the forward pocketing £120,000-per-week, he is simply not justifying his wages.
To replace him, Crystal Palace should be keeping tabs on Wolfsburg forward – Wout Weghorst. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the Dutchman joined his club this summer from AZ Alkmaar. He enjoyed a sensational season in his homeland, netting 18 league goals and registering six assists. Weghorst has netted one goal in his first three Bundesliga appearances this year.
The 26-year-old follows a similar type of mould to Benteke as he is a tall, physical forward with an eye for goal. Weghorst is a clinical finisher and adding goals to Palace’s team would significantly boost their chances of survival. With Wilfried Zaha providing the ammunition, Weghorst could be scoring for fun.
If his impressive streak in front of goal continues, Palace must snap him up in January.
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