Crystal Palace suffered a home defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, marking their fourth straight match at Selhurst Park without a goal.
With an attack that is misfiring on all cylinders, many supporters have turned their hopes to injured striker Christian Benteke. The Palace faithful will pray the Belgian forward can alleviate the Eagles’ goal-scoring woes, yet their faith might be placed in the wrong figure.
Ever since joining Crystal Palace from Liverpool, Benteke has endured an injury-ridden and profligate spell in south London.
His last 35 Premier League appearances for Palace have yielded just three goals, an abysmal tally that led many to question his multi-million pound transfer fee.
The Belgian is expected to return in around two weeks’ time, and when he does, he will be tasked with easing the pressure of a struggling side.
Benteke’s past Palace form suggests he will not be the answer to Roy Hodgson’s attacking problems, but the ex-Aston Villa and Liverpool man must step up to the challenge and repay his fan base’s support.