It’s been an extremely long time since Marouane Chamakh was at what most of us would describe as full match fitness, but, if the video attached below is anything to go by, the Moroccan is edging as close as he’s been in months to a first-team return.
After struggling with hamstring injuries for the whole of the 2015/16 season to date, the lasting memory we all have of the former Arsenal man is his last day strike at home to Swansea during the final throes of the previous campaign, where, as has so often been the case throughout his stint in south London, Marouane stuck up a figurative middle finger to his doubters by showcasing a moment of true quality.
Despite many of the game’s casual fans writing Chamakh off without a moment’s thought after the difficulties he endured at Arsenal, his renaissance in a Palace shirt has been nothing short of astonishing for those who’ve got to watch him first hand. Whilst he may have struggled to retain fitness for long periods, his time in the first-team has seen him bring a real touch of quality to our play, holding the ball up superbly and bringing others across the midfield into the game in an attacking sense.
The video attached above, courtesy of the club’s official TV channel, highlights perfectly, what Marouane can offer when fit and ready to play. Clearly, he and Connor Wickham have rapidly developed a solid understanding of one another’s game. Who knows, we may even get to see the two of them in action together this Monday night when Sunderland make their way to Selhurst Park for a game under the floodlights.
Chamakh does have an axe to grind with a certain Mr Allardyce after a horrible spell under him whilst on loan at West Ham, let’s hope he holds a grudge longer than most.