Date: 2nd June 2022 at 6:03pm
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Crystal Palace had an impressive transfer window last summer.

Initially many feared for the worst when the Eagles lost ten players whose contracts had finished, who had made a combined 111 league appearances the season before.

Fortunately for the Selhurst Park faithful, those fears were unfounded. The south London club, led by young signings such as Marc Guehi and Michael Olise,  finished 12th while decreasing the average age of the squad from 29.1 to 27.1.

However, the one mistake they did make was giving Christian Benteke a new deal. The 31-year-old has had a poor season, only scoring 4 goals in 25 appearances.

His WhoScored league rating of 6.66 puts him behind Wilfred Zaha, Jordan Ayew, and Odsonne Edouard, three fellow forwards that Patrick Viera has at his disposal.

While he has a higher rating than Jean-Philippe Mateta, the 24-year-old has scored more goals and more shots per game, as per WhoScored.

Even if Mateta had less goals, the Belgium international’s £120k-per-week salary is quadruple the former Mainz striker’s.

The Eagles’ record signing had promised so much when he joined the club from Liverpool in a £27m deal in 2016, and when he scored 15 league goals in his debut season, it looked like it was money well spent.

Even in this campaign, The Sun journalist Tom Barclay remained positive, saying the Genk Academy graduate has “presence”.

“Benteke’s a real team player, he’s obviously got that presence, he’s a brilliant header of the ball and he still does have moments where he can do things that not many players can do.”

On the contrary, pundit Danny Murphy slammed him for being “selfish” and “self-indulgent” to talkSPORT.

However, since his debut season at Selhurst Park, the 6 foot 3 target man has only scored more than 10 goals in a season once.

Transfer fee and wages combined, Benteke has cost Palace £64.4m in his time at the club. Having scored 35 league goals for the south London side, this means that he has cost them £1.8m per goal.

This is not good enough, and Vieira should look to cut his losses on him this summer.

AND in other news, Palace now eyeing “unplayable” £7.2m-rated machine, he’s miles better than Benteke…

 

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