Paul Merson on Crystal Palace's lack of a clinical striker

Crystal Palace have tested out a number of forwards in their team this season.

Paul Merson has told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday on November 7 that Crystal Palace have had the same problem for the last two seasons.

Merson feels that Palace are lacking a clinical finisher this term, and he claims that this is a long-term issue within their squad.

The former Arsenal midfielder believes that Palace have been in need of a top striker for a number of years, and it is still a fault which remains to this day.

“I think they’re short of a real clinical goalscorer,” Merson said. “They have been for a couple of seasons, if I’m honest.

“[Before the Manchester United match] you were thinking that ‘they could go sliding here’, but they have bounced back. That’s good signs.”

Despite Palace’s supposed lack of firepower, they have made a promising start to the 2015/16 campaign and currently occupy eighth place in the Premier League table.

The Eagles have been one of the most dangerous teams in England over the early part of the campaign, but Alan Pardew is still searching for a player to lead the line on a regular basis.

The likes of Connor Wickham, Dwight Gayle, Patrick Bamford and Frazier Campbell have been given the chance to play up top for Palace this term, but none of them have really stamped their authority on the position.

As a result, Bakary Sakho, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha have all had to play matches in the striker role – which is not ideal as they are all more naturally suited to starting berths on the flanks.

Palace will hope that one of their strikers can find form soon, though, as if they can find a goalscorer, then they will be in a great position to enjoy a strong campaign, maybe even pushing for Europe.

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