Palace loanee Keshi Anderson bagged a pivotal goal on his debut for Bolton Wanderers yesterday, as they drew 1-1 at home to Southend United.
Having joined the club from non-league Barton Rovers, Keshi impressed when sent out on loan to Doncaster Rovers in 2015, but saw a fine run of goalscoring form come to a cruel and premature end when he broke his leg in a league fixture against Rochdale, forcing him to embark upon a long-term spell of rehabilitation back in South London.
This summer saw many Palace fans trumpeting the idea of giving Anderson a chance to impress in the first-team but following the arrival of both Christian Benteke and Loic Remy, Alan Pardew and his coaching staff decided that his career would be better served by getting regular games in League One with Bolton Wanderers.
Many will understandably worry that Keshi is destined to become one of Palace’s nearly men in years to come, but the club’s decision to offer him a new two-year deal immediately before sending him on loan to the North West would suggest that they see more than enough of a spark in his game to hold out hope of further tangible progress in the coming months.
As a striker whose job it is to put the ball into the back of the net with regularity, Anderson is bound to be over the moon with the start he has made to life at The Macron Stadium, prompting the Trotters faithful to christen him with the nickname “Lionel Keshi” in reference to the legendary Barcelona star.
Let’s hope yesterday’s strike is the first of 20+ for the Palace man this season, we’d like nothing more than to see him progress towards earning a regular place in the Palace first-team when the time is right.