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Roy Hodgson’s managerial experience is paying dividend for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The Eagles entered 2020 with a spot in the top 10, sitting ninth after 21 games. The quality and ambition exist within the squad therefore allowing them to target a Europa League slot.

Seven wins, seven draws and seven defeats suggest midtable safety lies ahead for the London club, as they are clear of relegation. What can the former England manager do to remedy the latter? With Cenk Tosun set to resolve some issues – here are a few more players who can really help the club in the near future.

Eagles struggling to kill off prey

Let’s look at the league statistics for Crystal Palace, an area that could be improved is the attack. Palace have managed just 19 goals so far, conceding 23 at the other end. The team currently ranks last on shots taken. A lack of firepower has the coaching staff and the fans, worried.

What options are available to them in the winter transfer window? They need a striker who can hit the ground running to fire The Eagles through the ranks.

You can jump the queue and back your predictions on Crystal Palace’s next move thanks to the major bookmakers. Placing a bet at one of these UK sports betting websites will help warm up your January. Let’s look at a few possibilities open to Hodgson and his men.

Michy Batshuayi

The 26-year-old Belgian Premier League player, comes with experience so playing at Selhurst Park will come naturally. The talented striker arrived on loan last January and made an impression, scoring five goals in 11 appearances.

Fans want him back for more of the same but the latest from the football gossip columns suggest Aston Villa could be about to gate crash the party. Villa want to bring Batshuayi in on loan to bolster their chances of beating relegation and, having helped Palace achieve the same last term, it appears the wheels are already in motion to roll that move through. Hodgson must look elsewhere

Aleksandar Mitrovic

The Yugoslavian goal-getter is currently at Fulham. He has also proven to be quite a hit at Craven Cottage in the Championship, scoring 29 goals in his first 62 appearances. That’s quite a return and certainly the kind of form Crystal Palace could do with in their side. Would he be able to make the leap from the second tier of English football up to the top level?

You would think so as he held his own in elite company with The Cottagers during their Premier League stay last season. Yes, the club finished second bottom and were relegated quickly but that can’t be blamed on Mitrovic. He was one of the standouts in a poor squad and, if splashing the cash, Hodgson will know exactly what he’s getting for his outlay. Minimal risk in this one.

Alfredo Morelos

One of the hottest strikers in European football at the minute, Alfredo Morelos has lit up the Scottish Premiership. He seems to be getting better with the passing of every game under the guidance of manager Steven Gerrard. There’s a difference in class between the Scottish Premiership and English Premier League, of course, but we can’t argue with the Columbian’s stats.

What works in Alfredo’s favour is he has scored quite a few goals in the Europa League against strong opposition. He scored a couple of goals in Porto to earn his side a draw. Although he has a poor record when it comes to bookings and red cards, he was also dismissed against Celtic in the Old Firm Derby recently but played incredibly well before the late dismissal. He won’t come cheap, that’s for sure, especially with Gerrard warning he’s not for sale. The former Liverpool legend has the scent of another league title in his nostrils, but every player has their price.

Olivier Giroud

A super talented striker who knows exactly what it takes to score goals in the English Premier League, for teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea. Would a move to another London club catch the Frenchman’s eye? Giroud doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves in the UK, but he is a natural scorer who isn’t afraid to work hard for his team.

He is another player who won’t come cheap, but this player would arrive fit, experienced and ready to deliver to a team. Giroud looks a perfect fit for Crystal Palace if he was open to staying in English football, some reports suggesting he would prefer a move back to his home country and Ligue 1 football.

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