Sullay Kaikai has been tipped for big things at Crystal Palace in recent years and last night, after coming off the bench at Villa Park, he managed to intensify the buzz surrounding his made in footballing circles.
Kaikai’s journey from the Crystal Palace academy to the Championship has been a hard fought one, thanks to successful loan spells with Cambridge United and Shrewsbury Town in recent seasons. Looked upon as a very direct and confident attacking threat, his statistics highlight a player who has a remarkable knack of producing goals and assists wherever he goes.
Always thought of as a youngster with a chance of making the step up to the Eagles’ first-team picture, he made a big impression at Selhurst Park when coming off the bench at home to Alan Pardew’s Newcastle in 2014, scoring a dramatic late equaliser at the Holmesdale Road end which prompted numerous people to sit up and take notice of his game.
Indeed, his subsequent headline grabbing displays in the lower tiers were enough to impress Brentford, who brought him off the bench in the Midlands yesterday evening, only for him to provide a moment of magic which brought them back onto level terms with Roberto Di Matteo’s men.
Given just over half an hour to make an impact, Sullay produced an impressive deep cross in the 88th minute of the game to tee up John Egan, who made no mistake in securing a massive point for the Bees.
You would assume that Kaikai will be angling for a start in Brentford’s home game against Preston North End this weekend, given the rave reviews he already appears to be receiving from the Brentford fan-base. On this evidence, it’s unlikely to be a decision they would regret.