Help Wanted: 6 Free Agent Forwards That Crystal Palace Could Turn to Following Benteke's Injury

Following Crystal Palace's tragic start to the season, which has seen them lose their first six Premier League games scoring a grand total of zero goals in the process, the Eagles' luck went from bad to worse at the Etihad last Saturday. To add salt to the wounds of the 5-0 defeat, record-signing Christian Benteke went down off the ball holding his knee, and following scans on Monday the Belgian was revealed to have damaged his knee ligaments. The former Liverpool forward now faces between six...

Cheick Diabate

By far the best option of this list - Diabate has been fairly prolific throughout his career and is the most sensible option given his relatively youthful age of 29. 

The Mali international has registered 94 goals in 215 appearances in his career, most recently notching eight in 14 whilst on loan at Metz in the 2016/17 season. 

Diabate also had some international pedigree, having scored 15 in 39 games for the Mali national team, and could be a shrewd free transfer for the Eagles in their time of need. 

Rickie Lambert

The former Southampton and Liverpool striker finds himself without a club after a tough period in Wales with Cardiff, where he made just 18 appearances and scored four goals during an injury-laden spell. 

At 35 years of age, his powers of yesteryear that saw him notch 106 goals in 207 games on the South Coast as well as a Champions League goal for his boyhood club Liverpool may be dwindling, but he could still offer the Eagles some attacking nous up top. 

Carlton Cole

By no means a fantastic option, but an option nonetheless. Former West Ham man Carlton Cole is out of contract and available on a free. Beggars can't be choosers, and Palace are most certainly beggars at this moment in time. 

The 33-year-old was last seen playing for Indonesian side Persib Bandung, where he made just five appearances and scored zero goals. He would be a monumentally uninspiring addition to Palace's squad, but with no recognised senior strikers on the books... when needs must. 

Marouane Chamakh

Yep, this is how desperate the situation is. Palace could do well worse than welcome the former fans' favourite back to Selhurst Park, with the Moroccan becoming somewhat of a cult hero during his three seasons in south London. 

The 33-year-old made just two appearances for Cardiff following his spell at Palace due to injury problems, but if he can find a way to prove his fitness to Roy Hodgson, he could prove to be a useful asset due to his excellent touch and hold up ability. 

Giuseppe Rossi

The American-born Italian international used to be one of the most coveted forwards in the game, mostly due to his form in La Liga with Villarreal, where he scored 82 goals in 190 games.

A succession of serious knee injuries have seen his stock plummet, and the 30-year-old now finds himself on the free agent scrapheap as he continues his recovery from a fifth Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury. 

He may be worth a punt, but the last thing the Eagles need is another body on their treatment table. 

Claudio Pizarro

The former Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen star has spent the best years of his career in Germany, and holds the record for the most goals scored by a foreigner in the division with 190 goals in 430 appearances. 

At 38 years of age, the Peruvian (who spent one season at Chelsea) is unlikely to be able to replicate those numbers in England should Crystal Palace take a punt on him, although he may be worth a shot given his pedigree and obvious class. 

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