Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser, Alan Pardew has explained the issue he has faced with losing Marouane Chamakh and Connor Wickham, and has compared it to a problem Liverpool have faced recently.
Pardew said: “You could argue we should score more goals, but we have Chamakh and Wickham injured. At Crystal Palace they are two major players, that's like Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke for Liverpool.”
Although the different pairs of strikers have varying talents, there is no doubting their respective importance to their sides.
Palace have looked out of sorts without a first-choice forward to name in their starting XI - with Pardew having to use Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle as his lone forward - whilst Liverpool’s woes ended this weekend with Sturridge back firing in front of goal.
It is clear that Pardew does not trust Patrick Bamford, and he opted to use Bolasie upfront in the two games against Manchester City and Tottenham to little effect.
It quickly became apparent that Bolasie lacks the ability to play in that lone attacking role, and his influence increased when he returned to his natural wing position yesterday.
As Palace took on Watford, Bolasie played on the left wing, with Dwight Gayle returning from his outcast role to lead the line.
He failed to have a particularly big impact, although the forward did cause trouble to Watford’s back-line, and he was always a bright spark in the final third.
Both Wickham and Chamakh are much more suited to that lone striker role, with physicality on their side, and it is no surprise that Palace have looked disjointed in the final third without either of them to call upon in recent weeks.