Alan Pardew says Marouane Chamakh 'will be like a new signing' when he returns to Crystal Palace fold

The Moroccan has been a hit at Selhurst Park after a woeful period with Arsenal.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been speaking in glowing terms today about one of their players who has been out of action for some time.

Palace forward Marouane Chamakh is the player in question. The former Arsenal flop scored in the final game of last season but that came after a long period out through injury. He only played seven times after Alan Pardew became manager and has been out of action recently with a hamstring problem.

However, Pardew has confirmed he is set to play for the development team this week and has stated his belief that Chamakh’s return will be like a new signing for The Eagles.

He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:

"He is close [to a return]. He'll play for the development side next week.

"I barely got to see him play last year. It will be like a new signing for us if we can get 30 games out of Chamakh."

Where exactly Palace would use Chamakh will remain to be seen. In recent times he has played just behind the striker, a role often taken by Jason Puncheon although, Chamakh should be able to do the job.

In terms of strikers competition is fierce – with Glenn Murray, Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham all battling for a place in the starting XI.

However, Chamakh has turned his career around since departing Arsenal for Palace and will be a massive boost to the squad once he has recovered from his injury woes.

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