Crystal Palace’s first-team players may be struggling badly for form in front of goal but Keshi Anderson (who is currently on loan at Swindon Town) but in a mightily impressive performance against Cambridge United this weekend.
Whilst the youngster may have been seen as some way off being ready for the Eagles’ starting XI when the loan deal was agreed in August, his poaching attributes point towards a possible bright future in SE25, after years of bubbling just below the surface.
Now 22-years-old, the diminutive frontman is no doubt desperate to pull up a few trees at the County Ground in a bid to impress Roy Hodgson and the Palace coaching staff from afar, ahead of a possible run in the Palace side when his loan comes to an end in January.
As is always the case with untested young players, some fans remain hugely sceptical over Keshi’s chances of flourishing in the cut-throat environment of the Premier League but having now gone eight full Premier League games without finding the net, (a run which stretches back to last season) it’s difficult to imagine how the former Barton Rovers starlet could do any worse than those who are already being given starting roles from week to week.
With Benteke set to be missing for another month at the very least and Connor Wickham still a few months away from returning to anything approaching full fitness, Palace’s goal-scoring prospects look weaker than ever before. In Keshi, we at least have someone who we can perhaps look towards to provide something of a spark in the New Year.
I know it’s ridiculous to be pinning our hopes on lads like Ladapo and Anderson but it’s where the club’s decision makers have left us. As fans, we have little option but to support whoever is selected to wear the shirt each week, even if we may pick apart the ridiculous circumstances which have led us to the point in between the games themselves.
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