The Eagles missed out on Jarrod Bowen in January while a deal for Nathan Ferguson broke down his medical. Reports have since emerged claiming Hodgson is unhappy with the lack of investment in his group. The former England manager is out of contract in the summer and he wants assurance the club are looking to improve the team before penning a new deal.
Goals are a problem for Palace this season. No team in the Premier League have scored fewer times (22) and this is mainly why they find themselves only six points clear of the relegation zone. The lack of potency in the final third means all the good work done in the defensive third is undone.
The Eagles have surrendered only 29 goals, the fourth-lowest complete in the top flight this term. Just leaders Liverpool, Leicester City, and Sheffield United boast better defensive records.
The club needs to show their admiration for this in the form of a #25million striker. The Premier League side tried to land Chalov during the summer but the 21-year-old stayed in Russia.
The Daily Mail claim director of soccer Dougie Freedman remains a fan of the former Chelsea transfer goal, and an increased offer could see them land that the forward.
While the two-cap Russian isn’t the most prolific, he does score goals. He’s wasteful at times, underperforming his expected goals per 90 average by 0.21. But that stat highlights the fact he is regularly getting into dangerous areas. Eventually, his finishing will improve to Take Advantage of those
Furthermore, his averages show he isn’t a volume player. He’s having only 2.72 shots per 90 this term. The top strikers in England have north of four. They’re not clinical and instead rely on a constant stream of opportunities. A positive indication for a club not battling at the Premier League summit.
What makes Chalov such an intriguing target, however, is the wide variety of goals he scores. He’s unpredictable and this makes him an even greater danger.
Not only would he add goals to this Palace side, but he’d also free up Wilfried Zaha. At this time, teams know the former Manchester United guy is the Eagles’ main threat and they regularly double up on him. Adding another danger, and an unpredictable one at that, will decrease the focus on the Palace No.11 and that can only be a positive.
With or without Hodgson, the team should be adding Chalov to their positions. He is the player to help them cement their position as a mid-table group in the English top-flight.