Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace are struggling for goals this term especially at home ground Selhurst Park but that could change come January with the club being linked with Islam Slimani as per the Evening Standard and various other global reports.
The Algerian international currently plies his trade for Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon, and has been in decent form this season scoring seven goals in 10 league games. With Palace being a tad goal-shy this season the Algerian could provide Pardew and the team that much needed boost in front of goal.
Palace have worringly just scored 14 times in 13 Premier League games, so it’s not the best record, but by no means the worst; but with Pardew’s current crop of forwards not firing on all cylinders as yet, Slimani could prove to be a shrewd option.
Palace could be put off by his £14m price-tag
The departure of Glenn Murray in the summer meant Pardew was left with Dwight Gayle, Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and the on-loan Patrick Bamford to lead the line.
The latter has rarely flourished for Palace this season, despite not being given enough game-time at Selhurst Park.
Chamakh and Wickham are just getting back to speed after long lay-offs, and with Gayle currently injured Pardew’s attacking resources are a little depleted.
It is also understood Palace have an interest in free-agent Emmanuel Adebayor as well, and when asked the question about both of these targets, Pardew said: “I don’t want to comment. I would rather focus on the group of players that I have at the moment.”