Former Crystal Palace forward Marcus Bent has claimed that the Eagles need to cut their losses and part ways with Belgium international Christian Benteke.
Benteke, who is valued at £8.1 million (Transfermarkt), is enjoying one of his most prolific seasons for Palace since he arrived at the club, with his lone goal in Palace’s 4-1 thrashing at Chelsea yielding his sixth goal of the season.
Speaking to the Transfer Tavern, Bent claimed that Palace have to release Benteke in the summer – despite his resurgence in scoring form: “Benteke needs 20 chances to score two goals,” the ex-Palace player claimed.
“That’s how I see him. He’s strong, he’s big, but he’s not a clinical finisher. I think they need to replace him.
“No disrespect to him. He is a good player. He’s a good player on superstar money which could probably go to two or three other players and make the squad and the team a little bit better.”
Palace may need to squeeze every penny to finance a potential summer rebuild in what will be a major turning point in the club’s recent history – and shaving Benteke’s unjustified wages off the club’s books could be a bold first step in that endeavour.