Crystal Palace’s struggles in front of goal stretch back to over a year ago with first-choice striker Christian Benteke managing to only hit the back of the net on just three occasions in the Premier League over the entire course of last season.
The Belgium international, who is currently out injured, has also failed to score a single goal so far this campaign and manager Roy Hodgson may now be on the lookout for a new centre-forward ahead of the January transfer window, which could be good news for talisman Wilfried Zaha.
According to UOL (via Sport Witness), the Eagles could be about to move for Brazilian Gabriel Barbosa and any potential arrival at Selhurst Park would be an absolute coup.
Barbosa is currently on loan at Santos from Inter Milan following a torrid spell in Serie A with the Italian giants.
However, even taking into account his struggles in Italy, Barbosa still has the sort of ability that could allow him to set the Premier League alight and help Zaha become even more of a threat.
With his technical skill, Barbosa would inject some fresh impetus into Crystal Palace’s attack and allow Zaha to flourish further as opposition defenders would no longer be in a position where they are able to solely focus on neutralising the Ivory Coast international’s threat.
Quick, able to dribble past defenders and create his own chances, Barbosa is exactly the kind of forward Zaha and Crystal Palace need going forward.
Barbosa, of course, is not your traditional giant of a centre-forward the team can lump the ball to, which may be of concern to Hodgson. But he is still a player who can offer much and one the club must pursue if the opportunity arises.
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