“I think for his future, he needs to get a run of games. I might not be able to guarantee him that, but I must emphasise he trains well, he is very professional, and if he stays [at Palace]that is no problem. You can’t have too many front players.

“After scoring at Norwich and being heavily involved in our equaliser at Manchester City, he is feeling quite good about himself.

“I have nothing against him staying, but it is a discussion the club will need to have with him about if it is better for him to be the first name on a team sheet somewhere else, which I can’t guarantee him.”