Pardew's first Palace signing is the wrong move, remarkable stat shows why

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Crystal Palace have brought Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo to south London on loan.

News broke yesterday that Crystal Palace have signed Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

On the face of it, Palace fans may have been pleased: the club need goals and a striker has been signed, with new boss Alan Pardew proving proactive in the transfer market only a short time after taking over at Selhurst Park.

But being proactive is one thing, of course, and signing the right player quite another.

For the bottom line of bringing in Sanogo - thanks to an unfortunately remarkable stat - reads like this: Crystal Palace, a club hoping to avoid relegation, have signed a striker on loan that has never scored in the Premier League.

Signing Arsenal's young forward may not necessarily be a bad move, of course. Having an extra body can never hurt when your side is trying to stay up and his wages may not be too excessive.

Whether the 21-year-old proves a good signing for Crystal Palace, however, is less straightforward.

Sanogo's biggest achievement at Arsenal was perhaps his Champions League goal against Borussia Dortmund a few weeks ago. The problem, though, is that that kind of moment is far too rare.

The standout memory of Sanogo's Arsenal career is his four-goal haul against Benfica - but that was in a pre-season friendly.

There is a reason, of course, the Frenchman hasn't broken into Arsene Wenger's first team - despite his boss's oft-confusing faith in the youngster: he simply hasn't been good enough.

When your club is fighting against relegation, meanwhile, you need goals. In that sense, Pardew has made a very risky signing for Crystal Palace - especially if the club are going to be relying on Sanogo to hit the back of the net.

After all, if Pardew wanted a promising young striker, he has Dwight Gayle. And if he wanted a player who didn't quite cut it Arsenal, he already has Marouane Chamakh.

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