Former Arsenal wonderkid on brink of Crystal Palace switch

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Arsenal fans will remember the name Quincy Owusu Abeyie; and may be interested to learn of his potential switch to Crystal Palace.

It is nine years ago since Quincy Owusu Abeyie was a show stealer for Arsenal, offering a brief glimpse of his raw talent.

In November 2004, the striker featured in a line-up against Everton in the Carling Cup, alongside Robin van Persie, Mathieu Flamini and Edu.

The teenager was a precocious talent, scoring the opener and providing two assists for fellow young Gun, Arturo Lupoli to beat a full strength Everon side 3-1.

In resonse to his performance manager Arsene Wenger said at the time: "You expect youngsters to play with enthusiasm, but not necessarily with such quality."

But like so many, including Lupoli and another starter that night, Jermaine Pennant, he failed to make the breakthrough at Arsenal or have the patience to stick it out, sealing a switch to Spartak Moscow two years later citing a much-needed chance to player regular first team football.

While he remained contracted to the Russians for four years, it was hardly a settled period of his career. He scored just three goals for them and was sent on loan four times.

These loan spells included returns to English football with Birmingham, Cardiff and Portsmouth, in addition to Spaniard's Celta Vigo.

He was moved on in 2010 and signed for Al Sadd in Qatar, before being loaned to Malaga, and then signing permanently with Panathaniakos.

In the midst of this all he switched his nationality from Dutch, for who he starred in the Under-20 World Cup a decade ago, to Ghanaian - for who he has 18 senior caps at international level, but none have come since late 2010.

He spent three seasons in Greece with Panathaniakos, where he played 19 times last season without scoring, but now finds himself presently on trial with Crystal Palace.

Owusu-Abeyie scored at the weekend in a 3-0 friendly win over Gillingham, and Ian Holloway is keen to give him a chance, insisting rumours that the 27-year-old winger is 'hard to manage', appear so far to be untrue.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "It's whether he works with the group and with me, but I was pleased for him that he scored. It was a great finish and burst of pace.

"I do like him, but what I was told about him as a person isn't true, there were lots of rumours, but he's playing with a smile on his face and my job is to get him a contract. Whether that's with us, then great, or if it's with someone else. But he's done his cause no harm by scoring a goal."

The next fortnight will clearly be crucial for a matured Owusu-Abeyie if he is to finally get a chance to realise his Premier League dream on a permanent basis.

At 27 time is on his side, but he must realise by now this may just be one of, if not the, last shot to re-write his history in English football at the top level.

Arsenal fans what do you remember of Quincy? Should Palace give him a shot?

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