Crystal Palace to field a striker for first time since 1991
- By Football Burp
Crystal Palace will field a striker for the first time since Ian Wright when they sign Christian Benteke for £27m.
The Belgian, out of favour at Liverpool, will become the Eagles’ first recognised forward since 1991.
It’s a move that will confuse the Selhurst Park faithful, who’ve gotten used to converted wingers playing up top.
But with the loss of Yannick Bolasie to Everton, Alan Pardew decided it was time to end the 25-year tradition.
Pardew was a player himself the last time Palace fielded a striker – two, in fact, if you count Mark Bright.
Chris Armstrong came close to replicating strikerdom in the ’90s, while Andy Johnson could run dead fast.
An attempt to merge Dwight Gayle, Fraizer Campbell and Glenn Murray into the same person fell flat on its face.
Even Connor Wickham was called upon, but he used up his biennial quota of good performances during a brief flurry last season.
Now it will fall to Benteke to reacquaint Palace with the long-since-forgotten notion of regular goals.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Dean, a Crystal Palace fan from Lambeth, asked if a goal was a type of fish.
He said: “I’m sure I’ve eaten goal. It’s like a white fish, right?
“You can have it grilled or fried and battered, yeah? With this sauce that’s got like dill in it.
“I had no idea Benteke made goal but I look forward to trying it.”