Crystal Palace are still in need of a reliable goalscorer and nothing would get their fans excited like a proven marksman pitching up at Selhurst Park in the January transfer window.
Ever the pragmatist, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has moved to temper expectations for next month’s market, warning that there are unlikely to be any quick fixes on offer.
He said: “There aren’t many January transfers where you bring in players who transform a team that has been struggling to scoring goals.
“I am pretty confident that the goals will come anyway. I don’t believe there is a magic solution out there tto come in here double our goalscoring tally, because he has still got to play in our team.”
That dose of realism will not do much to excite the fans but in Alexander Sorloth, Hodgson has the perfect example to back up his point.
The Norwegian striker was signed last January for a reported £9m but Palace’s goalscoring woes have continued; he has been unable to even force himself into the side regularly despite the absence of Christian Benteke.
It seems Hodgson is determined to avoid making yet another expensive January mistake and Sorloth proves that cold, hard cash is not always a surefire way to solve a problem.