Roy Hodgson says signing a striker is Crystal Palace’s best need

Roy Hodgson concedes signing a striker is Crystal Palace’s best need amid the January transfer window.

The Eagles had 30 endeavors on goal as they toiled to a limited 1-0 triumph over Sky Bet League Two rivals Grimsby in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Hodgson, who hauled out of a move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke who at that point joined Bournemouth in a £19m bargain, trusts an inability to benefit from their chances is confirmation Palace require a finisher.

Palace target Dominic Solanke left Liverpool for Bournemouth on a long-term deal
Palace target Dominic Solanke left Liverpool for Bournemouth on a long-term deal

“Getting a striker is clearly something we might want on the grounds that as we’ve seen by and by, we can’t do considerably more as far as overwhelming diversions,” he said.

“It’s entirely clear that in the event that we had that individual who scores goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-shots, we’d be significantly higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game much prior.

“It’s initial days in the transfer window and everyone realizes this is an intense transfer window since clubs aren’t anxious to release players on the off chance that they’re sufficient.

“You’re searching for the uncommon pearl – somebody who is sufficient who will improve us who in the meantime for reasons unknown is being discharged by their club.”

Potentially the most inefficient of all was Alexander Sorloth, the £9m Norwegian striker who has overseen only one goal in 22 appearances since touching base at Palace a year back.

When asked whether Sorloth could be conveyed on loan, Hodgson stated: “We’ll see. He’s a greatly improved player than he’s possessed the capacity to appear in the games since we see his precision consistently in training.

“But for goal scorers and striker, certainly plays a major part. The exact opposite thing you need as a striker is a restricting team putting each of the 10 players behind the ball.”

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