Would Crystal Palace be making a mistake spending £15m on Benik Afobe?

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Crystal Palace will be in the market for a striker when the January transfer window opens, but is the Bournemouth man the best option?

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on November 25, 2017 in London, England.Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on November 25, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace have been linked with a £15m move for AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe according to the Sun.

Roy Hodgson is desperate to bring in a new forward with Christian Benteke his only fit senior striking option. 

The DR Congo international is likely to be available having fallen behind Callum Wilson, Jermain Defoe and Josh King at Bournemouth. He's made just four league starts at the Vitality Stadium and will be keen on a move to get more game time. 

Joe Allen of Stoke City battles for the ball with Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth at Bet365 Stadium on October 21,...Joe Allen of Stoke City battles for the ball with Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth at Bet365 Stadium on October 21,...

Given his form, it's unsurprising that Afobe isn't playing regularly which makes him a gamble for Palace. 

He scored 23 goals in 48 games at Wolves but has failed to replicate that form on the south coast. He only scored six goals last season which isn't enough to merit a £15m transfer fee. 

Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth comes on for Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford  at Vitality Stadium on August 19, 2017 in...Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth comes on for Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford at Vitality Stadium on August 19, 2017 in...

One positive for the Eagles is that Afobe's injury record isn't too bad compared to Connor Wickham who has gained an injury prone reputation - which is the last thing Palace need in a relegation battle. 

Benteke isn't scoring at the moment and neither is Afobe so he doesn't really solve the problem. If Palace are willing to pay £15m for someone who hasn't scored this season then perhaps taking a risk on a striker from the Championship, such as Leon Clarke or Matej Vydra, who are in fine form and full of confidence might be more productive given their current predicament. There are certainly plenty of other options for Hodgson to consider.

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