Analysis: Why Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray would be the perfect signing for Derby

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Crystal Palace could be about to offload striker Glenn Murray.

According to a report in the Mirror, Crystal Palace are ready to ship out seven players ahead of the transfer window deadline with Glenn Murray cited as a possible candidate to leave.

The centre-forward played a key role in the Eagles’ rise under manager Alan Pardew and featured for 82 minutes in the opening Premier League fixture at Norwich City.

However, the club’s recent signings of Connor Wickham and winger Bakary Sako has bolstered Palace’s attacking options, and with more arrivals possible, Murray could be ousted out before transfer deadline day.

The report in the Mirror accredits Bournemouth with an interest, yet should he become available, the one club who ought to do everything to sign him is Championship promotion favourites Derby County.

The Rams have brought in as many as seven new players this summer, club owner Mel Morris giving newly-appointed boss Paul Clement all the tools necessary to mount a promotion push.

Attacking players such as Andres Weimann, Darren Bent and Tom Ince have been brought in, allowing the team to adopt different systems based on in-game situations and type of opponents.

Over pre-season, last season’s regular 4-3-3 has given way to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 system and a diamond formation including two strikers – a line-up which was used at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

But why has Clement decided to change the 4-3-3 which brought success and winning football to a diamond system? Well, last season the injury to Chris Martin resulted in a team malfunction – that centre-forward outlet was gone, the football deteriorated and a dreadful run of two wins in 12 ensued.

The club had two options this summer; the sensible option was to see that the 4-3-3 system wielded positive results, identify players who could improve the system and find a Martin like-for-like alternative.

However, instead Derby opted for a spending spree, bringing in players who weren’t ideally suited to one fixed formation resulting in Clement facing a tough task of getting the best out of each individual player.

The performance at the Macron Stadium on Saturday was uninspiring, and the injuries to midfielders Will Hughes and Craig Bryson may see the club seek more transfer business this summer.

But the one player Derby should be looking at is a Martin alternative, and who better than Palace striker Murray after he proved his qualities last season playing a very similar role.

The 31-year-old boasts the same qualities as Martin, and it’s a signing of this ilk which Derby should have made on the opening day of the transfer window instead of re-signing Darren Bent who only poses a dilemma as he struggles to contribute to the collective game when played upfront on his own.

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