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Christian Benteke would be perfect signing for Newcastle United this summer

After a difficult season at Selhurst Park, the Belgian could revitalise his career at St James’ Park.

Jake Jackman



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Newcastle United are meandering towards the end of the season after three successive losses in the Premier League.

It was a great achievement to clinch their Premier League survival with five matches to play, but Rafael Benitez will want to do much better during the 2018/19 campaign if he remains in the hot seat at St James’ Park.

There are discussions to be had with the board to make sure that he is given the assurances that he requires to continue the excellent job that he is doing.

One position that will be on the Spaniard’s agenda is a striker, as Islam Slimani has failed to impress during his loan spell and Dwight Gayle has only managed to score five Premier League goals.

There will be a number of players that are known to Benitez, but there is a current top-flight striker that looks to be a great fit for Newcastle United.

The Mirror report that Crystal Palace are ready to offload Christian Benteke and that will have been noted by several Premier League clubs.

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His contribution of three goals and five assists is underwhelming, but he has proven his ability in the past and at the age of 27, he has a number of years left at the highest level.

It was only last season when he managed to score 15 goals during his first campaign as a Palace player.

Strikers need confidence and the fact that the team suffered from a poor start may have negatively impacted on Benteke’s own form.

He has struggled to get back among the scorers and it could be that a move away this summer is what he needs to return to the player we have become used to in this country.

Benitez set out his stall in the January transfer window with the signing of Slimani. It is clear that he wants to sign a dominant striker, capable of holding up the ball.

The on-loan Algerian showed signs that he fitted the bill and the team benefitted from having a striker of his profile lead the line.

In the win against Arsenal, it was his impact after coming on that led to the three points.

The doubts about his discipline and fitness mean that he isn’t the permanent answer, but Benitez will likely want a player cut from the same cloth.

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Benteke would fit that, as shown by his aerial duels win percentage of 56.45%. There are few better at dominating defences and bringing the players around him into the game.

The Belgian can be unselfish and he has created chances this season, with an average of 1.11 every ninety minutes.

His poor goal record this season is a concern, but he continues to get in the right positions and cause a threat. The Belgian international has averaged 2.31 shots per ninety minutes.

The money may be an issue for Newcastle considering Mike Ashley likes to keep a close eye on the purse strings, but a move for Benteke makes a lot of sense.

He would be a great fit for the system and add star quality that is lacking in the current squad.

St James’ Park has been a good home to many strikers down the years and the Crystal Palace striker may get a new lease of life if he moved to the North East.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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World Cup winner Andre Schurrle would be a marquee signing for Crystal Palace

Max Cohen



Andre Schurrle
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Reports in the Italian media from Calciomercato have linked Borussia Dortmund attacker Andre Schurrle with a summer move to Crystal Palace.

Although the German international has endured a disappointing season at Dortmund, a move to Crystal Palace would be a fantastic way to revive his career in England and bolster Palace’s attack.

The 27-year-old is a versatile player and can feature as either a left-winger, centre forward, or a central attacking midfielder.

This past season, Schurrle was hard-hit by injuries and made just eleven Bundesliga starts. In those limited appearances the German contributed six assists, but only notched a single goal.

The ex-Chelsea man certainly has the quality to succeed in the Premier League, as he contributed eight goals and two assists in his one full season at Stamford Bridge.

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Those numbers came from just 15 starts; imagine what the attacker could do if he was handed a starting spot and was given the confidence boost of regular playing time.

A move to Selhurst Park would undoubtedly provide Schurrle an outlet to play consistently, as the Eagles are in need of a top-quality goalscorer who can fill the centre-forward position.

In addition, a player of Schurrle’s immense experience would be welcomed by Roy Hodgson in SE25.

The 27-year-old has 52 European appearances to his name, starring in both the Champions League and Europe League, as well as a glittering international record that includes 22 goals and a World Cup medal.

Under the management of Hodgson and playing alongside exciting attacking talents like Wilfried Zaha, Andre Schurrle would thrive at Selhurst Park in an ascendant Crystal Palace side.

The transfer to south London would benefit all parties involved, giving the German a second chance at success in England and granting Palace the services of an experienced European attacker.

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Crystal Palace should resist the signing of Stoke midfielder Joe Allen

Max Cohen



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Reports this week in The Guardian suggested that Crystal Palace have registered interest in signing Joe Allen following Stoke City’s relegation.

Further reports in The Sun claimed the Potters are seeking £20 million for the Welsh international, a hefty price tag that should deter Palace, as they already have sufficient options in the centre of midfield.

During the 2017/18 campaign, Yohan Cabaye, Luka Milivojevic, and James McArthur have all been excellent for the south Londoners.

Between the three, the midfielders have contributed 15 goals and three assists in the Premier League- impressive numbers considering Palace’s goal-shy start to the season under Frank de Boer.

In addition, Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a commanding presence in midfield at Selhurst Park. Even though injury hampered his year, the Englishman left his mark at Palace and should be targeted for a permanent deal this year.

(during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

It is clear that the Eagles have a wealth of options in the centre of the park, and their midfield repertoire was given a boost this week when the Evening Standard reported the club was confident that Cabaye would sign a new contract this summer.

With the influential Frenchman securing his future at Selhurst Park, there is simply no need for the services of Joe Allen in SE25.

Add in the Welshman’s exorbitant £20 million price-tag (which is £7 million more than Palace paid for Cabaye in 2015), it would be a foolish decision for Roy Hodgson to buy the midfielder.

Crystal Palace should resist the urge to splurge for Joe Allen, as money would be best spent on purchasing a top-class striker rather than bolstering an already-impressive midfield.

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Ryan Fredericks would be perfect for Crystal Palace if Fulham lose at Wembley

The 25-year-old has earned praise for his performances throughout the season.

Josh Kerr



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Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks is just days away from the biggest game of his career and yet the 25-year-old is still being linked with a move away from Craven Cottage.

According to the Evening Standard, the 25-year-old has emerged as a target for Crystal Palace as the Englishman reaches the end of his Cottagers contract.

The former Tottenham prospect helped his current side reach the play-off final last week. However, if the Cottagers are to miss out at Wembley then he may be tempted to consider offers from the top-flight.

The full-back is still yet to sign a new deal and after 47 appearances and an impressive seven assists this season, he has quickly has emerged as one of the hottest properties in the EFL Championship.

After making the PFA Championship Team of the Year, Fredericks remains one of Slavisa Jokanovic’s most important players and if they are to fall short at the final hurdle then Crystal Palace would be the perfect destination for the right-back to play in England’s top flight.

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With Joel Ward likely to leave Selhurst Park next month and, despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka performing well since making the jump from the academy, Fredericks could be a long-term addition at full-back. With his contract soon up at Craven Cottage, he could be one of the bargains of the summer window.

Roy Hodgson and his sporting director Dougie Freedman were even in attendance as Fulham beat Derby 2-0 on Monday to set up the showdown with Steve Bruce’s Villa, which will have sparked the former England international’s attention.

Fredericks started his career in north London with Tottenham Hotspur, progressing through the club’s academy system before signing a professional contract in 2010.

However, an exit from the Lilywhites and a number of loan moves left the young full-back frustrated with game time and it was fellow London side Fulham who eventually took a gamble – a risk that has paid dividends ever since.

The versatile defender has one appearance for England’s Under-19 side to his name, and he is eligible to play for Guyana.

Whether Hodgson swoops for Fredericks could be decided on Saturday. The Fulham defender will likely commit his future to Craven Cottage should Fulham win at Wembley, but the Premier League will remain a possibility even if Jokanovic’s side are unsuccessful.

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