Crystal Palace loanee Sullay Kaikai continued his fine form in front of goal for Shrewsbury Town yesterday, opening the scoring in their game against Scunthorpe United.
The academy striker has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at New Meadow, with yesterday’s strike coming off the back of a brace in a recent come from behind victory over Colchester United.
Unfortunately, Sullay’s strike was to be the only bright spot on an otherwise depressing day for the visitors, as they surrendered two second half goals to gift the hosts all three points, leaving them 18th in the League One table, just two points above the dreaded drop zone.
On an individual level, Kaikai will rightly be pleased with his goal, picking up the ball midway inside the Scunthorpe half before jinking his way towards the box and hitting a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner, just out of the reach of the despairing keeper.
Whilst he will rightly make reference to the disappointing result if he is questioned about the game by the local press in the days to come, you can be sure that he is over the moon to have found his shooting boots in recent weeks as he bids to catch the eye of Alan Pardew prior to the conclusion of his loan deal.
Admittedly, the gulf in class between League One and the Premier League is huge, but whenever you have a confident young striker on your books, there is a chance of them coming up trumps when thrown into the deep end. We may well see Sullay remain at Shrewsbury for the entirety of the 2015/16 league season, but if he continues to score with the regularity he’s managed of late, you wouldn’t bet against Pardew and his coaching staff deciding to involve him in the Palace first-team from January onwards.
Have a look at his goal yourself to see why.