Yesterday’s trip to Cravan Cottage was far from enjoyable for most Palace fans but there was one undeniable bright moment, delivered by young striker Keshi Anderson.
The road back to full fitness has been a long one for Keshi, having broken his leg quite severely against Rochdale last November whilst on loan at Doncaster, cutting short a run of games which had seen him finding the net regularly for Rovers.
The rehabilitation he has undertaken for the injury has been incredibly thorough, but after playing his first game in a Palace shirt since the leg break against Dulwich Hamlet a week or so ago, Anderson’s second half appearance against Fulham acted as proof of his readiness to compete.
On a day when the hosts looked in better shape than Palace for the most part, Keshi’s finish proved that he hasn’t lost his instinctive eye for goal in the eight months he’s been sidelined, whilst also bringing the unique talents of Luke Dreher to our attention, after the young midfielder’s wonderful through ball in the seconds immediately before Anderson’s brave strike.
Having been snapped up by Palace after bagging an incredible six-minute hat-trick for Brentford’s reserves against us last year, Keshi’s goalscoring exploits have acted as an almost constant backdrop to the first-team whenever he has been fit and playing regularly.
Perhaps now is the time to let him show what he can do when trusted on the biggest of stages, as I’m sure many of you will agree, we’ve got nothing to lose by letting him try.