Crystal Palace were sucked into a relegation dogfight towards the end of the season, and Eagles fans here at the Transfer Tavern are keen to avoid such a nervous end to the next season…
Currently managerless and with their summer transfer dealings yet to kick off, fans are remaining calm, but any further delays could see that calmness start to evolve into concern.
After a chat with our landlord at the bar, it became clear that fans feel that talismanic striker Christian Benteke needs a bit of help up top, and bemoaned the fact their side seemed reluctant to scour Europe for the Premier League’s ‘next big thing’.
An expert on the far reaches of European football, our landlord has suggested that Bosnian striker Riad Bajic, who has been making strides in the Turkish Superliga with Konyaspor, would be a good fit. Given his nationality, he has drawn comparisons with former Man City star Edin Dzeko in the Transfer Tavern, and his goalscoring record certainly reflects that.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a prolific campaign in the Turkish top flight, smashing 17 goals as his side recorded a mid table finish.
Rewarded for his form with a call-up to the national team, the 6’2 striker looks ready to take his career to the next level, and the Premier League is a dream destination for any aspiring talent.
Palace should be able to secure his services for a relatively nominal fee, and would acquire one of the brightest, but most unsung talents in European football.
If Palace fans want the next big thing, they should hope their club is keeping tabs on young Bajic.
Crystal Palace fans – thoughts?
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