Ex-winger tells Sky Sports where Crystal Palace fall short of rivals

Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako tells Sky Sports that Alan Pardew's side lack the attacking quality of fellow Premier League strugglers.

John Salako has told Sky Sports that Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew must make striking additions a top priority during the January transfer window as they remain well short of their rivals in that department.

The Eagles have found the target 22 times in 21 Premier League outings this season, with only Everton and Queens Park Rangers able to better that return in the bottom-half of the table.

They have, however, been sharing the goals around and midfielder Mile Jedinak remains their leading top-flight marksman with five.

Salako believes that Palace now need to find the kind of attacking firepower possessed by those sides around them if they are to avoid being dragged into relegation trouble.

He feels the likes of Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes will be key to Burnley, Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon at West Bromwich Albion and Steven Fletcher at Sunderland.

The former Selhurst Park winger also sees Harry Redknapp being busy at Queens Park Rangers, with Mauro Zarate already taken to Loftus Road, and Leicester City working hard to bolster their front line.

Salako told Sky Sports: “They are very organised but what you have to be able to do in the Premier League is stick the ball in the back of the net. Burnley have got Ings and Barnes, West Brom have got Berahino and Sessegnon, even Sunderland have got Fletcher.

“It’s not necessarily who you want, it’s who you can get and how much Palace are prepared to pay. All six or seven clubs that are in that relegation battle are going to be looking to bring people in.

“Burnley are going to have to keep hold of Ings. Harry will wheel and deal at QPR, Leicester are already looking to bring people in. It’s going to be so tough.

“Looking at the teams around Palace, everyone is going to try and wheel and deal. Palace are the one side that don’t have one or two Premier League-quality strikers.”

Palace are currently working with a striking crop which includes Fraizer Campbell, Dwight Gayle, Marouane Chamakh and Glenn Murray.

They have just seven Premier League goals between them.

In contrast, Charlie Austin has hit 13 for QPR, Berahino nine for West Brom and Ings six for Burnley, with Palace clearly lacking that spark in the final third of the field.

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