Crystal Palace: Dean Jones makes striker claim


Journalist Dean Jones believes Crystal Palace want Jean-Philippe Mateta to become their first-choice striker, despite links to RB Leipzig’s Andre Silva, GiveMeSport report.

The Lowdown: Andre Silva links

Palace backer John Textor is reportedly ready to splash the cash this summer in order to build on a good first campaign under Patrick Vieira.

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The Eagles have recently been linked with a move for Silva, who has been labelled as ‘phenomenal’ by international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Palace, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are all thought to be interested in the 26-year-old who has scored 15 times for Leipzig this season.

The Latest: Jones not convinced by Silva links

Talking to GiveMeSport, Jones had this to say, believing it is actually Mateta who will become the main man long-term despite the links to a big money signing from Textor…

“Palace are being linked with new strikers like Andre Silva, but from what I’m told, the vision is that Mateta becomes the main man in that attack rather than signing a new big-name.

“They still have hope and belief that he can be the answer Vieira is looking for as that forward.”

The Verdict: Makes sense

Palace only made Mateta’s loan move a permanent one in the January window and the 24-year-old has impressed since, scoring four of his five goals this season in 2022.

He has become a regular under Vieira in recent weeks, so it makes sense to place trust in Mateta ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Reports have suggested that Christian Benteke could leave Selhurst Park this summer, and if he does, then perhaps a cut-price replacement could be a shrewd move to bolster the club’s attacking ranks, but most of the Palace’s summer spending may well go on midfield reinforcements, with loanee Conor Gallagher set to return to Chelsea.

In other news: Palace twist now emerges as Textor looks to bring £10.8m-rated Brazilian to Selhurst Park. 


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