Is this the one transfer mistake Crystal Palace made over the summer?

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace struggled in front of goal as they lost to Tottenham on Sunday.

Palace brought in a host of impressive signings over the summer, with Yohan Cabaye and Bakary Sako the best of the lot.

Alan Pardew improved the midfield areas, and he now has a host of players to call upon for many different match situations.

However, there is one area of the squad that Pardew failed to improve, and it appears to be costing the Eagles now that the season is properly underway.

Two strikers were brought to the club, with Patrick Bamford arriving on loan from Chelsea, and Connor Wickham making a surprising move from Sunderland.

However, recent games have seen Pardew opt to not play with a striker, utilising Yannick Bolasie in the central striking role of his 4-3-3 system.

Bolasie is an exceptional footballer, but his final ball is still questionable, and he has never shown himself to be a great goalscorer.

However, Pardew wants Bolasie in that role due to his movement both on and off the ball. He creates space for his teammates with intelligent runs, and he can often create something out of nothing - which neither Bamford nor Wickham can do.

Yet both Bamford and Wickham are natural goalscorers, and they possess the game knowledge to work the position well, as well as the physical threat to hold the ball up in the final third.

The different players possess different skills, and offer Pardew the chance to change game plan if he wants to.

However, the head coach has decided to focus on Bolasie as his main striker, as he allows the attacking trio behind him to excel.

Whilst this may benefit some players, it actually goes against Bolasie’s biggest strengths, and reduces the chance of Palace scoring without a recognised striker on the pitch.

Pardew decided to sign Wickham and Bamford as they are strikers, but considering the style of play he has brought to Selhurst Park, they are not players who suit the Eagles’ game plan.

Pardew should have brought in a striker with the same kind of movement as Bolasie, but with the eye for goal that a natural forward has, otherwise he will continue to play Bolasie out of position, or choose to play a striker who clearly does not fit into his tactical set-up.

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