Following the exciting news about Jean-Philippe Mateta’s imminent arrival, a concerning report has emerged about two Crystal Palace players.
Belgian news outlet HLN are saying that the Frenchman’s arrival at Selhurst Park will spell the end for Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi.
In the latter’s case, that isn’t much of a surprise, nor a big deal for the Eagles.
Roy Hodgson has handed him just four Premier League starts since taking him on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
In our view, that won’t be extended, or made permanent.
However, Benteke departing would be a different situation.
The 38-cap Belgium international has proven himself to be rather useful this season, with his contract set to expire in June.
While his three-goal tally is better than what he’s mustered up in recent seasons, it still isn’t enough.
However, the ex-Liverpool man has offered plenty in terms of his hold-up play and physicality, which has helped to get Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze more involved at times.
If you were to look at his goal tally alone, then you could argue that Palace should get rid.
Having said that, there is clearly still a good player in there who is trying his hardest for the team, which should at least net him a six-month extension.
Additionally, what if Mateta ends up struggling after June?
Hodgson would only have Connor Wickham and Jordan Ayew to call upon in that case, should Benteke and Batshuayi genuinely depart.
With all things considered, the Palace No.20 doesn’t deserve the axe.