Marouane Chamakh signed a two-year deal with Crystal Palace on Friday but did he deserve to be offered the contract based on last season's displays?
The 30-year-old forward was released by The Eagles at the end of last season after his one-year deal had expired but the Moroccan has been given a new two-year contract with Tony Pulis's side ahead of the new season.
The former-Arsenal man scored five times in 32 appearances as Palace enjoyed a successful season with Pulis after a very poor start under Ian Holloway, and Chamakh revealed his delight at the new deal on the club's official website.
“I’m really happy because I really wanted to stay with Crystal Palace and with the group I played with last season.
“I enjoyed myself more last season than I have for a long time because I feel good around the players and the new staff. I am so happy to continue being a part of that group. I really wanted that," he said.
Chamakh enjoyed his best season in front of goal for five years, since his debut campaign with Arsenal in 2010-11 in which he netted seven times.
|Team||Pos||Apps||Goals||Goal Assist||Total Scoring Att / apps||Aerial Won / apps||Touches / apps||Mins|
|Marouane Chamakh||Crystal Palace||FW||32||5||2||0.53||5.06||43.09||2,308|
He created two goals on top of his five scored, and won an impressive 5.06 headers per game, and was constantly involved as he enjoyed an average of 43.09 touches per appearance.
His work rate for Tony Pulis will be a large reason behind the club deciding to offer him a new deal, and he will hope to continue to impress in the final third next season.
|Team||Pos||Apps||Att Ibox Goal||Total Tackle / apps||Total Clearance / apps||Total Final Third Passes / apps||Ball Recovery / apps||Mins|
|Marouane Chamakh||Crystal Palace||FW||32||5||1.66||1.44||13.09||3.84||2,308|
Chamakh scored all of his goals inside the penalty area, and made an impressive 13.09 passes inside the final third per game last season, recovering the ball nearly four times per appearance as well.
He was often criticised for being lazy during his time at Arsenal, but the chance to play regular football at Palace has rejuvenated the Moroccan international, and he will be hoping to build on last season's display in the upcoming campaign after sorting out his future.
He has flown out to Austria for the club's pre-season regime and stated that the fitness work is making him work harder than ever before.
"This week will help us. We’ve worked really, really hard – I’ve never worked like this before in my life! I’ve been a professional for 12 years and I’ve never worked like this!”