Roy Hodgson has made positive progress in the transfer window in recent days by completing deals for the highly-regarded prospect Max Meyer and combative midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, but a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests their most exciting summer deal could be on the horizon.
According to the report, Palace are in talks to sign Red Bull Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur before the window slams shut in order to resolve their issues at centre-forward.
Following a season of struggle in attack with Christian Benteke leading the line, the Palace supporters will be hoping to see Dabbur arrive at Selhurst Park before the new season gets underway if his return last season is anything to go by.
Dabbur plays his trade for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, and he managed to notch a mightily impressive 22 goals last season from 32 appearances.
Those questioning his ability to transfer that form to the Premier League would be wise to take note of his record in the Europa League in which he scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists from 14 appearances during his club’s run to the semi-final.
His form on the European stage by no means guarantees that he will become a clinical striker at Palace, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he will adapt to his new surroundings and fire the Eagles to safety; prior to his move to Salzburg, Dabbur netted 56 goals and provided 28 assists from 105 total appearances.
Clearly, finding the back of the net on a consistent basis has formed the backbone of his career so far and, although there’s no doubt it would be difficult for him to immediately solve Palace’s goal-scoring problems, he has done more than enough to justify an opportunity to step up to the Premier League.
Palace’s upcoming season will certainly test their limited resources as they bid to retain their top-flight status, but the arrival of the Israel international before the deadline passes could well prove to be the difference between survival and relegation.
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