The Crystal Palace fans have been feeling disappointed in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side twice threw away the lead against Bournemouth last weekend during a 2-2 draw at The Vitality Stadium.
Roy Hodgson’s side have been in decent form in recent weeks, but the quality of their performances have not been reflected in their results. It’s an extremely concerning sign for a side battling to avoid relegation, especially considering the fact Palace have only managed to claim three points in one of their last ten outings in the Premier League.
However, Palace’s last five fixtures are all against teams outside of the top-seven, two of which are against teams who currently sit inside the bottom-three. The Eagles will have to be ruthless and determined in the final weeks of the season to ensure they beat the drop, and although they didn’t record a victory over the Cherries on Saturday afternoon, there were plenty of positives for them to take away from the south-coast.
The absence of Christian Benteke and the rest of Hodgson’s options at centre-forward forced him to name a rather new-look side with Andros Townsend at the spearhead of the attack, and the new system appeared to give the Eagles a much greater threat going forward. Townsend’s pace and interplay with Wilfried Zaha proved to be a menace to Bournemouth’s back-line all afternoon, so Benteke will certainly have a difficult task working his way back into the side.
Benteke has been handed opportunity after opportunity to prove himself this season, but so far he has failed miserably and cost Palace plenty of points by missing guilt-edged chances at crucial moments. With that in mind, Palace should cash in on the Belgian international this summer and instead attempt to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon to replace him.
According to reports from The Daily Mirror, the Venezuelan international has a buy-out clause of £16.5 million written into his contract in the event of relegation from the top-flight. Although mathematically West Brom have not been relegated just yet, there’s no doubt that it’s purely a matter of time before their drop into the Championship is confirmed.
And considering Rondon’s buy-out clause is rather appealing for a striker with Premier League experience and a decent goal-scoring record at a club of West Brom’s stature, Palace should bring him to the club to replace Benteke in the summer. Rondon is a determined worker who possesses both a menacing aerial presence and the ability to find the back of the net in a variety of ways, whilst the mobility he would offer in the final-third is far superior to what Benteke has offered this season.
Rondon would certainly be an improvement on the hapless Benteke, and at £16.5 million he represents good value in the current market.
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