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Opinion: Crystal Palace should think twice before reigniting interest in Shinji Okazaki

Opinion: Crystal Palace should think twice before reigniting interest in Shinji Okazaki - Crystal Palace

It has been a disappointing season for Shinji Okazaki at Leicester City to say the least.

The 33-year-old has been forced to settle for a peripheral role under both Brendan Rodgers and his predecessor Claude Puel, which has not helped him in his quest for goals.

Okazaki has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this campaign and, according to The Telegraph, he is now set to leave the Foxes on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

With the above in mind, now is probably a great time for the Japanese striker to move on.

And having registered an interest in him back in January (Independent), it would not be a surprise to see Crystal Palace make a move for the Leicester man as they look to address their issues up front.

Looking at Okazaki’s record in front of goal over the last few seasons, though, he may not be the solution to Crystal Palace’s problems.

The south London club desperately need a goalscorer to help out Wilfried Zaha in attack, and that is something Okazaki, who is valued at £4.5 million (as per Transfermarkt), has not been in England since arriving from Germany back in 2015.

If he is being brought in to play alongside another forward, like when he partnered Jamie Vardy up front in Leicester’s famous 2015/16 title-winning season to devastating effect, then Okazaki could yet be a clever piece of business.

But if not, then he is probably a No.9 the Eagles should be looking to stay away from come the summer.


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