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Crystal Palace Continue To Be Linked With Exciting Turkish Forward: The Man They Desperately Need?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League status is in danger currently. The Eagles have lost all their seven games in the Premier League and are yet to open their account in the English top tier.

Sam Allardyce carved a delightful niche as he guided them towards safety late last season. But since he left the club, Palace have lost their touch and are literally struggling to cope up with the pros and cons of the English league.

Frank de Boer was appointed as a successor for the former England manager but he lasted a handful of games only, as his failure to lead the club to a single win, which cost him the job.

Roy Hodgson has been given the charge at the Selhurst Park and the veteran gaffer is also having a similar kind of experience. He has been trying his best to get his side back to winning ways and has reportedly targeted Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun to turn things around.

The Turkish forward was supposed to arrive in the summer but for some reason, the deal couldn’t be completed. But now, the East Londoners are very adamant and are waiting for the January transfer window to pounce on the player.

The 26-year-old graduated from the Eintracht Frankfurt youth system but failed to break into the senior team which compelled him to try his luck in his native country.

He didn’t take too long to make a name for himself as his excellent form for Gaziantepspor earned him a big move to Turkish giants Besiktas and since then, he didn’t have to look back.

The 26-year-old has been a huge success story at the club and has continued his form this season too. He has already netted four goals in all competitions this season, which has increased his value to some extent.

He tends to drop deep to help other players in attack and his finishing skills are quite commendable. His pace and physical prowess have always been a test for the opposing defences and his presence in the side could improve their productivity.

Palace have a fierce striker in Christian Benteke but the towering forward has been unable to create anything special up front and is currently struggling with an injury. So one can easily see the need of a proper goal poacher and Tosun ticks all the boxes.

It would be tough for the English side to lure him but the tempt of playing in the Premier League would be too hard to resist. So can the Turkish star change Hodgson’s fortunes?

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