Kaikai eyes chance at Palace after successful Shrewsbury loan

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20-year-old Kaikai has returned to Crystal Palace after netting 12 goals during two successful loan spells at Shrewsbury Town.

Crystal Palace striker Sullay Kaikai says he is focused on earning a Premier League debut, after being recalled from his recent loan spell at League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.

The Shrews ended their relegation fears with a game to spare on Saturday, despite slipping to a 4-3 defeat at home to Peterborough United, as Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers both lost.

The 20-year-old has been a hit at the New Meadow, netting 12 goals in two separate loan spells, making him the club's highest scorer of the season.

But with Shrewsbury now left with little to play for next weekend, Palace have decided to recall Kakai, ahead of an important few weeks for the Eagles.

The south-Londoners end their Premier League season by facing Stoke City and Southampton over the next two weeks, before travelling to Wembley to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup Final on May 21st.

With their top-flight status essentially secured, Pardew may well look to rotate his squad, meaning there could be an opening for Kakai, who netted in his only previous appearance for Palace during the dramatic League Cup tie with Newcastle in 2014.

And having now returned to his parent club, Kaikai is eager to make an impact.

"My aim is to break into the first 11 as soon as possible and take my chance when I get it," he told BBC Sport.

"It's down to self-belief and practice," he continued. "I put a lot of time in after training working on my shooting and dribbling. I'm confident that, when I get the ball, I can do something with it."

If he does manage to force his way into boss Alan Pardew's first team plans, Kaikai is adamant that it will be down to his time at Shrewsbury, adding that his spell away from the capital has been crucial in his technical development.

"It's been a pleasure being here [Shrewsbury], learning different aspects of the game and I'm grateful for the opportunity.

"Going into next season, it will benefit me. My all-round game has improved. I need to have a solid pre-season and see what happens."

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