Palace are the latest Premier League side to take an interest in Birmingham City’s in-demand forward Che Adams.
The 22-year old was the subject of a number of bids during the January transfer window, with Burnley and Southampton both very keen on Adams, only for the Championship side to resist the urge to cash in on their in-form striker. With 21 goals to his name so far this season, it is not hard to see why Birmingham do not want to lose the former Sheffield United attacker, but it remains to be seen whether Garry Monk will be able to hang on to Adams in the summer, with Palace now expected to try and tempt the Blues with a big bid.
While still not certain of safety this season, Palace will be confident they can maintain their place in mid-table between now and the end of the campaign, with odds of around 6/1 in the latest Premier League betting to finish in the top half. Despite the fact there is still a long way to go this year, plans will already be in place for summer business. It is no secret that goals have been hard to come by for the Eagles this season, and while the addition of Adams would not guarantee that issue would be resolved, it would give Roy Hodgson a different option up front.
Palace’s woes in front of goals can be highlighted in a number of ways, the most obvious one being that only four teams have scored less than them, before the big win at Leicester on Saturday. The next would be that the Eagles forwards had contributed a combined total of six goals all season, Wilfried Zaha responsible for five of them. The club’s top scorer this season is Luka Milivojevic, whose goal haul from midfield is impressive, although the fact six of them have come from the penalty spot goes some way to validate their trouble scoring from open play.
While it is still early days for January deadline day signing Michy Batshuayi, the Belgium international’s long-term future is far from certain, and Hodgson may be planning for next season without the striker in mind. The fact is, if this defence had not been as reliable as it has been this year, for the most part, the lack of goals could have ended up costing the Eagles a place in the Premier League. If this is not resolved in the summer, next season could be a very long campaign indeed.
Connor Wickham’s return might have been one of the feel-good stories of the season, but it is a big ask to expect the fit-again striker to be scoring the 12-plus goals a club really need from their main forward. At this point, it may well be time for the club to cut their losses on Christian Benteke. It all started so well, with the Belgian scoring 15 league goals in his first year at Selhurst Park. With three goals to his name in two seasons, the free-scoring Benteke feels like it was a lifetime ago.