They’re both in impressive form, aren’t they? Crystal Palace host Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on Saturday and both of the side’s strikers will be looking to make their mark on the fixture.
In the reverse fixture between the sides, Palace came out victorious with a 1-0 win over Town, but in the game, neither of the striker first-choice strikers were able to make their impact.
That is obviously because they were both January signings and since coming to their respective sides, they have both caught the eye with their performances.
With that being said, let’s discuss which one of them will come out on top on Saturday…
Grant starred in the Terriers’ last game, a 4-3 loss to West Ham United in which he bagged a brace. That was not his first goal either as he netted at home to Arsenal too in the second of his six appearances so far.
The 21-year-old has made an instant impact and offers something different to Jan Siewert’s other forward options. Grant has the ability to link-up play and get involved in the build-up, before being as clinical as he can inside the box.
The period between now and the end of the season gives Siewert a great chance to work with Grant and develop him in a Town shirt, starting against Palace.
Batshuayi returned to the Premier League with the Eagles on loan from Chelsea in January. He has netted twice in six games and like Grant, four of his appearances have been starts.
The Belgian offers a potency in front of goal that alternative options have not been able to display consistently over recent years. He may have struggled for goals at Valencia but when a manager shows faith in him by regularly providing starts, then the number of goals he scores and his performance levels increase dramatically.
As seen in his spell at Borussia Dortmund last year, he delivers when trusted to perform. Having begun to find the net more regularly lately, it would come as no surprise to see that continue against Town.
Despite Grant’s form of late and willingness to demonstrate what he can do, if he is not provided with the right service from out wide, he could become isolated up top. Whereas, Batshuayi is likely to be surrounded by more attacking outlets throughout the game and will, surely, have more chances come his way.
There is no doubt that both forwards can make their mark on the game and continue their rich vein of form, but given Town’s defensive record of late, Batshuayi is the most likely to do so.
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