Whilst our first-team may be struggling massively for goals of late, Sullay Kaikai continues to score regularly on loan at Shrewsbury Town.
The Palace academy man grabbed his eighth and ninth goals of the season during yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Bury, prompting plenty of supporters across SE25 to question why he wasn’t being considered for a place in Alan Pardew’s matchday squad already.
Having proven himself to be an adept finisher on a number of occasions over the last year or so, Sullay’s latest brace is arguably the most impressive of his still fledgling professional career.
When opening the scoring on 16 minutes, Kaikai gladly took control of the ball a few yards outside of the penalty area, dancing his way forward before taking aim and powering a shot into the top right-hand corner of the Bury goal; it was a finish befitting of a man who is absolutely full of confidence.
Despite former Palace midfielder Tom Soares levelling the scores for the hosts on the half hour, Kaikai was back at it again just three minutes later. After being fed the ball on the edge of the 18-yard-box by Shaun Whalley, Sullay took a touch, gaining some space from his two marking defenders in the process, before cutting back inside and caressing a wonderfully placed effort into the top left-hand corner, deliciously out of the reach of the despairing Chris Neal.
Bury went on to salvage a point from the game midway through the second half, but on a personal level, Kaikai’s enjoyed a fantastic day in the yellow and black stripes of Shrewsbury.
Given our own issues in front of goal, is it worth considering recalling him for the last few games of the Premier League season, or should we allow his development to continue under Micky Mellon for now? It’s certainly a question that’s got people talking.