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Opinion: Christian Benteke’s expected exit epitomises Crystal Palace’s poor recruitment

Opinion: Christian Benteke’s expected exit epitomises Crystal Palace’s poor recruitment

When Crystal Palace signed Christian Benteke from Liverpool back in the summer of 2016, it looked like a great signing.

And after his debut season at Selhurst Park, it was hard to argue against that. For the Eagles during the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, the 28-year-old managed to find the back of net on 15 occasions as he side went on to beat the drop.

Fast forward to 2019, though, and Benteke now looks anything but with reports (Het Laatste Nieuws via Sport Witness) now circulating that the Eagles are looking to get rid of him.

Yet to register a league goal all season, the above is not a surprise. The Belgian, however, is not the only No.9 to have struggled at Selhurst Park this campaign.

The likes of Alexander Sorloth and Jordan Ayew, for example, have been brought in recently and have failed to do much in front of goal.

While prior to the serious knee injury he picked up, Connor Wickham had also not been the most prolific of strikers, though he remains a strong No.9 capable of holding up the ball well.

Ultimately, on paper, Crystal Palace’s recruitment when it comes to centre-forwards has mostly been poor with Benteke arguably epitomising that and Michy Batshuayi being the exception.

The failures of multiple strikers could yet suggest that perhaps the problem is a tactics thing rather than all of the above names being poor frontmen.

In a team like Crystal Palace, managed by a coach like Hodgson, attackers are not always afforded an abundance of chances.

Whatever the case, the signing of Benteke has not quite worked out and an exit now looks imminent for another Crystal Palace No.9 who has not been able to deliver.

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