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Hodgson: Crystal Palace don’t need to sign a striker in January

Roy Hodgson has made the surprise statement that Crystal Palace don’t need to go splashing the cash on a striker in January, despite the Eagles’ lack of goals so far this season in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have the joint second strike rate in the Premier League this season, scoring just 13 goals in 16 games so far, the same number as Newcastle and Southampton, with only Huddersfield scoring less.

Much of Palace’s success in the last few years has depended on the form and fitness of Wilfried Zaha, although the Ivory Coast international has only found the net on three occasions so far this season, despite starting 14 of the Eagles 16 games.

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However, Roy Hodgson has revealed that strikers Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham are nearing a return to action, meaning there is less pressure to sign a new striker in next months transfer window.

“We don’t necessarily need reinforcements next month,” Hodgson told his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s game against Leicester.

“We’ll have Benteke back soon, Wickham recovering from a two-year absence, Sørloth, Ayew.

“We believe we have players within our ranks who can score goals.”

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