Crystal Palace’s strike targets so far
Crystal Palace are on the hunt for a new striker ahead of the January transfer window.
Barely a day goes by without a new frontman emerging as a potential target for the Eagles. To be perfectly honest it’s starting to get a bit confusing so here’s a list of all (or most, perhaps just some) of the names that have been linked so far.
Belgium international Michy Batshuayi spent a productive, if short, stint on loan at Palace last season and weighed in with five goals in nine Premier League starts.
Now back at Chelsea, the 26-year-old can’t get much of a look in under new boss Frank Lampard and has managed just 45 minutes of league action across five appearances as a substitute.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has essentially told him to find a new club in January as he says Batshuayi “has to play” if he is to remain in his plans, and we already know Palace is a good fit.
Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, who has been capped five times by Brazil, is currently on the books at Inter Milan but is on loan in his homeland at Flamengo – where he has rediscovered his scoring touch with 18 goals in as many league games.
He has failed to sparkle in Europe, however, managing just nine Serie A outings for Inter and also struggling on loan at Benfica. A chance to test himself in the Premier League with Palace may appeal, but he would represent a risk for the Selhurst Park outfit.
Israel international Shon Weissman only joined Wolfsberger AC from Maccabi Haifa in the summer but has proven to be somewhat of a revelation in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old has 11 goals in just nine league outings so far and is a recent addition to Palace’s watch-list.
Like Weissman, South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan is currently plying his trade in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg but is also making a mark in Europe having scored in his side’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.
The 23-year-old has managed seven goals and 10 assists in just 11 games for Salzburg this season.
Hee-chan isn’t necessarily an out-and-out striker and plays more in a supporting role for Salzburg, with Erling Haaland leading the line, but may still prove a shrewd addition should Palace decide to make the move.
Sassuolo striker Francesco Caputo could be a cheaper option when compared to some on this list and he would be a risk.
The 32-year-old was a bit of a journeyman earlier in his career but came to the fore during a two-year stint with Empoli before joining Sassuolo in the summer.
He has hit the ground running with the Neroverdi, managing three goals in four Serie A games so far, but has never played outside of Italy and it remains to be seen if he would fancy a move to the Premier League at this stage of his career.