Roy Hodgson’s desperation for attacking reinforcements has been well documented since the 70-year-old first stepped foot in the Palace dugout back in December but yesterday, the club let one leave on a permanent basis in the shape of Keshi Anderson.
Thank you to everyone @CPFC for the 3 years I spent at the club, it was a pleasure to be a part of it and learn all I have from the players and staff, I wish everyone the best for the rest and coming seasons ❤️💙 #CPFC pic.twitter.com/sKHkv0CgmW
— Keshi Anderson (@KeshMan_) January 16, 2018
The 22-year-old had been on the Eagles’ books since signing from non-league Barton Rovers back in 2015 but had found first-team football practically impossible to come by in SE25 and finally took the decision to move on for good when an offer came in for him from Swindon Town.
After spending the last five months on loan at The County Ground and impressing Robins boss David Flitcroft, it made sense to all parties for Keshi to make his stay there a lasting one, allowing him to get his head down and truly focus on trying to help Swindon back into the third tier after their relegation to League Two last term.
Having previously had loan stints with Doncaster, Bolton and Northampton, it seems only fair that Anderson be allowed to make a proper go of it somewhere, rather than living in a constant state of limbo between his parent club and the one he’s playing for each week.
Undoubtedly capable in the final third of the field, his link-up play has been spoken about as glowingly as his goalscoring by the Swindon gaffer, giving an insight into exactly why he was so keen to get him on the club’s books for the long haul. With the team on the cusp of the play-off places, I for one am hopeful of seeing Keshi stepping out at Wembley in May but for now, I’m sure he’s just happy to have his future resolved.
As I said when news of Swindon’s interest in a permanent deal first broke, it was always likely that the fee in question would remain “undisclosed” officially with the main thing being that Keshi himself was given the chance to flourish elsewhere rather than the financial compensation we received as a consequence of the deal.
Hopefully this is far from the last we’ll hear of him. With time well and truly on his side, I see no reason why he won’t be a name on the lips of football fans for a decade or more to come, even if it isn’t going to be whilst playing in red and blue.
All the best to him.