We may not have heard much from Sullay Kaikai whilst on loan at Brentford this season but yesterday, the Palace academy man bagged an impressive brace at home to Cardiff.
Having spent time on loan at a variety of club’s in the lower leagues over the course of recent seasons, Sullay’s stint at Griffin Park was seen by many behind the scenes as the ideal trial run to measure the winger’s suitability for the Palace first-team in 2017. Admittedly, the youngster hasn’t pulled up as many trees as he would have liked in West London but yesterday, he had the sort of impact that will have fans drooling.
After coming off the bench just after the hour mark, Sullay joined his teammates in trying to claw back the goal they had lost to Peter Wittingham’s penalty in the 24th minute, managing to do so in spectacular fashion with seven minutes of regulation time remaining. Receiving the ball to feet on the edge of the Cardiff penalty area, Sullay took a touch to shift it to his right, before looking up and curling a wonderful strike over the keeper’s head and into the top right-hand corner of the net. It was a thing of sheer beauty.
Unfortunately for Sullay and his teammates, Cardiff were to score again six minutes later through Kenneth Zohore but Sullay was determined not to let the game die, bagging his second goal of the day in stoppage time to save a point for the Bees.
After pushing forward, Jon Egan found himself with room to cross on the right flank, lifting a ball into the six-yard-box where Kaikai was waiting. Leaping above the crowd, the youngster guided a header low into the left side of Brian Murphy’s net, giving Brentford fans a glimpse of his true potential in what had been a madcap half hour for everyone inside the ground.
Plenty of Palace fans are calling for the wide man to be called back from his loan in the aftermath of his Man Of The Match display but for now, there seems to be little harm in keeping him on Brentford’s books as he continues to learn his trade.
If he scores many more like his first from yesterday, people all over the country will begin to sit up and take notice.