While Crystal Palace occupy a commendable eight place in the Premier League table, their strike force hasn’t exactly lived up to the performances of the rest of the squad.
Current top scorer at the south London side is Yohan Cabaye with five goals, followed closely by fellow midfielder Yannick Bolasie – illustrating how Palace’s strikers have been under performing.
To alleviate this problem, the Eagles could be set to look to former Arsenal strikers Nicklas Bendtner (on loan until the end of the season) and Emmanuel Adebayor, according to The Sun, with Adebayor in particular said to be ‘close’ to agreeing a deal with the club.
The former has played with Wolfsburg for the last couple of seasons, where he hasn’t exactly lit up the Bundesliga. The 28-year-old, who once stated that he was one of the best strikers in the world, has netted just two German top flight goals so far this campaign, which is hardly going to excite many regulars at Selhurst Park.
Adebayor has not played since May of last year, meaning he will need plenty of time to reacclimatise to life in the Premier League should the Eagles swoop for his services.
The 31-year-old’s record in England’s top flight is somewhat more positive than Bendtner’s, however. The ex-Tottenham man has scored 96 goals in the Premier League while the Dane has just 32 to his name in the same competition.
While both players don’t exactly have the greatest pasts when it comes to goalscoring in the Premier League, the addition of both Adebayor and Bendtner at Palace would see the return of two of the top flight’s most interesting characters.
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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena