Crystal Palace: Vieira 'would like' another striker at Selhurst Park

Patrick Vieira giving instructions to his Crystal Palace players during a Premier League game

Crystal Palace are hoping to sign another striker this summer, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

Patrick Vieira’s side scored 50 goals in a Premier League campaign for just the third time since they returned to the top-flight in 2013, but each of their three senior strikers all struggled.

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Despite making a slow start to his managerial career in English football, winning only five of his first 25 games in charge, an impressive end to the campaign saw Vieira guide Palace to a 12th place finish.

They suffered just three defeats in their final 13 fixtures, which saw the Frenchman nominated for manager of the year, alongside Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Frank and Eddie Howe.

Palace enjoyed some notable results, beating Arsenal and Manchester United, in particular, while they also won at both Watford and Wolves.

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And Palace achieved all of that without having a settled number nine in their side, with none of Christian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard or Jean-Philippe Mateta able to nail down a regular starting role.

Mateta ended the season ahead of the other two in the pecking order, although the trio found the net just 15 times combined in the top-flight, which is only one more than Wilfried Zaha managed.

As a result, Barclay reckons Vieira will be hoping to bolster his attack once the window reopens for business next month.

What did Barclay say about Crystal Palace?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I still think, if they can, they would like to bring in another striker. We talked about Nketiah for a long time, and I don’t know if that will happen, but if they do manage to bring in another striker it’s only going to make life more difficult for Benteke.

“I haven’t gone through his minutes in the second half of the season, but I can’t imagine them to be particularly high.”

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Palace have been tracking Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah for a number of months ahead of his contract running out, although his future could still be at the Emirates following the Gunners’ recent offer, which means Vieira’s men will have to move on to other targets.

And that already looks to be the case, with Ryan Taylor recently telling GiveMeSport that Vieira has previously looked at Lens frontman Bamba Dieng, who scored seven goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Meanwhile, Palace are also interested in signing young Derby striker Malcolm Ebiowei, although they face competition from Newcastle, Manchester United and Tottenham.

The 18-year-old was given his first team chance by Wayne Rooney, and recently scored his first professional goal against Blackpool.

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