Crystal Palace make transfer decision after Benteke exit at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace aren’t expected to sign a striker before September’s deadline, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

Patrick Vieira has welcomed four new players on board this summer, but his only attacking addition is young forward Malcolm Ebiowei.

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Vieira has made huge strides since arriving in the Selhurst Park hotseat ahead of the 2021-2022 season, but his lack of options up front remain a problem for the Frenchman.

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Last season, Odsonne Edouard, Christian Benteke and Jean-Philippe Mateta shared the workload in the lone role, but Palace’s options have reduced following Benteke’s recent switch to Major League Soccer.

That leaves Edouard and Mateta battling it out to become Vieira’s first choice frontman. The former started the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on the opening day, but he missed a golden chance to equalise after his header was saved by Aaron Ramsdale.

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Despite Benteke’s departure and their obvious lack of depth through the middle, Barclay doesn’t expect another frontman to arrive before the window closes.

What did Barclay say about Crystal Palace?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Personally, with Benteke going it feels like another striker would be welcomed, but from what I’m hearing, they’re not after another striker.”

Do Palace have other options?

Currently, Palace only have two strikers at their disposal, but Vieira does have plenty of goalscoring talent in other areas on the pitch.

Wilfried Zaha has been the Eagles’ main source of goals in recent seasons and has just enjoyed the best return of his career, netting 14 in the top-flight.

Jordan Ayew, who can also made through the middle, is another player capable of scoring goals, although his recent in the Premier League is underwhelming having found the net four times across the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze have proven they could help Palace’s lack of goals coming from up top.

Olise has been directly involved in 11 goals in 30 appearances since his move from Reading, while Eze was a regular on the scoresheet during his Queens Park Rangers days and has five to his name in the top-flight.

With those options in mind, it might explain why Vieira is reluctant to add to his striker department.

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