Crystal Palace bookies' favourites to sign Remy & Bamford - which one should they go for?

Remy & Sagna - Chelsea v Man City

The Eagles have been linked with both Chelsea strikers.

According to Sky Bet, Crystal Palace are 5/6 favourites to sign both Patrick Bamford and Loic Remy. Which Chelsea striker should Alan Pardew go with?

Patrick Bamford

Strengths: Age, Availability on loan

The 21-year-old is a proven and prolific goal scorer at Championship level and many argue that level isn't far from the Premier League at all. Charlie Austin is the biggest example of a striker thriving in both divisions. The Chelsea man, meanwhile, is also young and likely to be available on loan rather than on a permanent transfer, which will no doubt appeal to Crystal Palace's business sense.

Weakness: Inexperience

At the same time, however, Bamford's wealth of Championship experience has still left him without any Premier League minutes. Pardew loaned Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo last season and it ultimately didn't have much of an impact. The worst-case scenario would see Bamford end up with a similar return.

Loic Remy

Strengths: Goalscoring, Worked with Pardew

The Chelsea striker is unparalleled when it comes to minutes per goal, as he even showed last season. Remy is a natural-born goalscorer and can single-handedly win games coming off the bench. At Newcastle United, meanwhile, the Frenchman worked with Pardew during a loan spell that saw him score 14 times.

Weakness: Fitness

But Remy is simply at an age where his injuries are constantly getting the better of him. He failed a medical at Liverpool and only made a few appearances in a Chelsea shirt last term - as big as his impact was during those games.

Verdict: Bamford edges it

Both would be a gamble for Crystal Palace but the 21-year-old will give you minutes even if he isn't on red-hot scoring form. A striker who can play all season is better than one who is on fire but can only take part in a handful of matches.

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