The return to action of Marouane Chamakh will almost act as a new signing for Crystal Palace, with the Moroccan having been out of action for much of Alan Pardew’s tenure to date.
Despite our success in his absence, there are few who would deny the impact that the former Arsenal man had on our play before his injury woes, and for Pardew, there is genuine excitement over what the frontman can offer the squad once he regains full match fitness.
Speaking about his impending return, the Eagles supremo said:
“It will be great to have Marouane back as I barely saw him play last season.
“He’s an important player for us. It will be like having a new signing.”
Indeed, Chamakh’s performance against Southampton shortly after the Palace boss arrived will have whet the manager’s appetite for what lies ahead. Calm and controlled at the head of the side, Marouane looked every inch a top six player that day, prompting Pardew to wonder just how he is best deployed in our current tactical set-up.
Occupying the role in between midfield and an out-and-out striker perfectly, Chamakh will have a far greater level of competiton for a starting place than he did when his hamstring struggles first began, but you get the impression that he will relish the competiton rather than shying away from it.
After coming away unscathed from 60 minutes of football with the U21 side against Bolton yesterday, there are plenty of positive signs for the frontman’s immediate future. It’ll be good to have him back.