Crystal Palace have been crying out for a focal point to lead their attack for a number of years now. Benteke was the last player to consistently put the ball in the back of the net when he netted 15 Premier League goals back in the 2016/17 season under Sam Allardyce. Despite this, goals have dried up for the big Belgian, and have done for some time now, and he seems like a player who unfortunately looks a shadow of his former self.
Mateta’s best Bundesliga season was in 2018/19 where he netted 14 goals and contributed three assists in 34 games for the club as he helped keep them in the Bundesliga. This season, the Frenchman is the only reason why Mainz have had a little bit of hope in staying up, with Mateta scoring seven Bundesliga goals in 15 appearances, and there is not much doubt in them going down without him.
Palace have bought a goalscorer, that's for sure. But is it one which can transfer into the brutal, cut-throat nature of the Premier League? We've seen this all too often in years gone by, but Hodgson will be banking on goals from now until the summer.
Mateta’s arrival could see the Eagles line up with an exciting attacking trio made up of Eze, who has impressed so much since his summer arrival from Queens Park Rangers in the summer, and one of the best wingers in the bottom half of the Premier League in Zaha. A mouth-watering proposition if the big centre forward can continue his impressive form and one which could help Palace crack the top half.
By Harry Charlwood