Crystal Palace: Vieira could make 6'4 star his 'main man' instead of signing Andre Silva 

Crystal Palace want Jean-Philippe Mateta to become their main striker under Patrick Vieira rather than a new big-name signing like Andre Silva, claims transfer insider Dean Jones.

The south London club have been linked with the Portugal international, but it looks like they will continue to put their faith in Mateta.

How has Mateta performed this season?

Of late, there is no denying that the 24-year-old has been very good for Palace. He scored in their impressive 4-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup, which came after a bright run in the Premier League.

In Palace’s last two league victories against Wolves and Watford, Mateta managed to register twice, making him the Eagles’ most in-form striker in this moment of time.

That, however, has not stopped talk emerging about the top-flight outfit potentially moving for Silva this summer.

According to Calciomercato, they are interested in signing the RB Leipzig star, who has also caught the attention of Vieira’s former side Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

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What has Jones said about Silva and Mateta?

Jones, though, has told GIVEMESPORT that Palace are planning to stick with Mateta rather than splash out on someone like Silva.

Speaking to GMS, the football journalist said: “Palace are being linked with new strikers like Andre Silva, but from what I’m told, the vision is that Mateta becomes the main man in that attack rather than signing a new big-name.

“They still have hope and belief that he can be the answer Vieira is looking for as that forward.”

Should Palace sign Silva?

Silva does not need to be a priority for Palace in the next transfer window. They have Mateta, who has found some form and seems to be a player they have a lot of faith in.

The Premier League outfit also just signed him permanently after he initially joined on loan from Mainz, so it would be a surprise if they were considering upgrading already.

Palace have Odsonne Edouard and Christian Benteke, too, so it is not like Vieira is short of options up front.

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Ultimately, unless someone leaves, there is no need for the Eagles to prioritise bringing in a new striker this summer.

Mateta needs to do more if he is to become the team’s first-choice No.9 in the long run, with the 6 ft 4 Frenchman managing just three league goals in the current campaign. However, he has definitely done enough in recent weeks to keep a spot in Vieira’s starting XI for now.

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