Roy Hodgson on how Michy Batshuayi settled in the Crystal Palace and how it affects Benteke

Roy Hodgson, manager of Crystal Palace, has provided the striking options.

The transfer window in January turned out to be decent for the Eagles as they supported their attack department with a free transfer for Bakary Sako and Michy Batshuayi's loan signing.

In terms of the latter, he is now one of four strikers who can choose the Palace boss from now until the end of May, as he wants to steer the club in the safety of the Premier League and a longer FA Cup run.

Batshuayi debuted as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Fulham last weekend and impressed in a 10-minute cameo role. His efforts were parried by Sergio Rico and put in the way of Jeffrey Schlupp to complete the points.

His international team-mate from Belgium, Christian Benteke, had his first start since September and had a positive impact on the proceedings as he was involved in the imposition of the penalty and shattered the bar in the first half of the year with a beautiful acrobatic effort.

Hodgson has admitted that he is glad that he made the choice in the attacks.

"He's trying hard to do well, there's no question about that," Hodgson told Benteke. "He had to work hard to get where he is today, so there is no one who doubts his motivation and desire.

"Michy fortunately knows other players in the club, so he is by no means dependent on Christian with a friend in the club.

"He was hugged warmly and found his feet very quickly here, of course he lived in London before he was a Chelsea player, and it was a pretty easy step and a transition for him to come back here.

Michy Batshuayi talks to Christian Benteke.

"But we hope he will be fine, he certainly had a good start, and if you are a pioneer in a new club, you can offer the best possible start if you either score or give a good assist.

"But there is still a long way to go, many games have to be played, and there will be many twists and turns between now and May.

"I'm just glad that we now have the number of players and the competition for places I think they serve will be beneficial in terms of our goals."

Before the London derby on Saturday afternoon against West Ham United, Hodgson has something of a selection dilemma.

Wilfried Zaha is available after he has applied for an additional One Match under the influence of his Southampton barrier, and his return to XI could lead to a 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 change, leaving Batshuayi Benteke and Jordan Ayew fight against this lonely center-forward role.

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