Crystal Palace’s misfiring strikers are the one negative of the Eagles’ otherwise wholly positive season, with only Connor Wickham finding the net in the Premier League.
Wickham has only registered once in the top-flight this campaign, while Fraizer Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Patrick Bamford and Dwight Gayle are goalless.
This lack of potency means Alan Pardew’s team have a minus one goal difference, having only scored 23 times in 22 league matches, while they are the only top-eight side with a negative tally.
Only West Brom, Swansea City and Aston Villa have scored less than the Eagles in the league and Pardew will need to address this if he wants Palace to remain in the lofty 8th-placed position they currently occupy.
January offers the perfect opportunity to bring someone in to add genuine threat to the south Londoners attack, with an experienced Premier League marksman available for free.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been out of contract since Tottenham Hotspur let him go in September and would be a good cheap option.
The 31-year-old has 96 top-flight goals in 230 appearances to his name and would be a welcome addition to the misfiring strikers in the Selhurst Park dressing room.
Furthermore, Togo’s all-time top goalscorer does particularly well during the second half of the season meaning this is the perfect time to offer him a contract.
Indeed, during the 2013/14 campaign, 11 of his 14 strikes across all competitions came in 2014 and the season before that six of eight goals came in the same time period.
The former Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City man would give an extra attacking impetus to the Eagles, with his height and power sure to worry defences even now.
In Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace have two wingers who continually cause danger and giving them an experienced target man, with a proven track record of scoring, to pick out will increase Palace’s attacking menace substantially.
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