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Pardew: Kaikai Has Earned A Spot

5 May 2016

Alan Pardew has said that Sullay Kaikai will likely get a chance in the Palace first team before the end of the current campaign, with Southampton away on the final day of the season earmarked as a potential Premier League debut for the 20-year-old.

Kaikai spent two stints on loan at Shrewsbury Town this season, either side of a month back in SE25, and Pardew was pleased with the winger's progress during this term.

"Sullay has been a real success at Shrewsbury," said Pardew. "He's a player who we sent out to develop and he has, so we've brought him back.

"I'm not sure I'll involve him this weekend, but I am going to look to involve him against Southampton. He's earned that right."

Another player Pardew was asked about during his pre-Stoke City press conference was academy graduate Jonny Williams, who also spent time away from Palace on loan this season.

"Jonny Williams is a little bit different [to Kaikai]," he said. "He's an experienced player, who's going with Wales to the EUROs and he needed some game time [this season] and he got that. Next year's a big year for Jonny and indeed this summer is. He hasn't played a lot of football."

To watch the manager's full pre-match press conference CLICK HERE.

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