Opinion

Striker Is Top Priority In January

With the winter transfer window just around the corner, Premier League clubs have already started making their moves for possible signings.

Palace are reported to be knocking on Liverpool’s door for their young English forward Dominic Solanke to strengthen the forward line options.

Reports also claim that the South London club only have a small transfer kitty to spend when the January transfer window opens, which could may mean landing the forward in a loan deal with an option to buy clause in the deal.

The Eagles are very much willing to attract Solanke to the club having had a hand in helping Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek improve. The Blues midfielder had an impressive 2017/18 season with Palace which led to his inclusion in England World Cup squad that reached the Quarter Finals of the tournament in Russia, and now the midfielder is slowly being regarded as one of Chelsea’s best attacking midfielders this season – nailing a hat-trick in the Europa League this campaign.

On the other hand, Solanke has been really struggling to get game time so far this season and at times has even failed to make the bench for Liverpool – who currently top the table. Since returning from loan last season, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge has seen the 21-year-old move further down the pecking order with the duo being quite impressive for the club when called upon. It would be less surprising if Red’s boss Jurgen Klopp allows the English-born forward depart the club during the transfer window.

However, with all that being said, it has also been reported that Palace are not the only European club asking to secure the services of the Red’s forward, as Scottish club Rangers are also keen on landing Solanke in January. Rangers now have an upper hand in signing the forward due to the connections of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard who is currently manager of the Scottish club. The odds of Rangers landing the 21-year-old striker are available on BetEasy.

Should Liverpool agree to send Solanke on a loan deal in January, Klopp will likely push for a move to a Premier League club to emulate the rise of Loftus-Cheek and provide more league experience for his players, which will automatically give the Eagles an edge over Rangers.

The Eagles have been struggling to get goals since the beginning of the season, mostly relying on Wilfried Zaha’s productivity in the final third playing as a false nine due to Christian Benteke being out through injury. Current form suggests Roy Hodgson’s team is in  desperate need of a striker and must be the main priority in January.

 

 

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on 107 Meridian FM.

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