Kelly's Crystal Palace career looked as good as over.
Martin Kelly's Crystal Palace career looked as good as over as recently as mid-March.
Despite failing to appear in just one of the Eagles' first 20 Premier League fixtures this season, an eight-game spell out of the side, combined with the fact his contract expires this summer, suggested that Kelly's Selhurst Park exit was near.
But after his display against Arsenal on Monday, there could be hope yet for the 26-year-old.
Kelly, playing in a less familiar centre-back role for only the second time this campaign, helped Palace to a clean sheet against the Gunners, who were emphatically put to the sword by Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic strikes.
And the responses to Kelly's tweet afterwards suggest that the Merseysider has finally won over his critics:
@MartinKelly1990 wow i've gotta say martin ive been your biggest critic over the past season and can say the same about wayne but ur both proving me wrong— Joe Farrell (@joeffarrell) 11 April 2017
@MartinKelly1990 You're clearly a centre half!! Best I've seen you! Congratulations!— David Willis (@davewillis1982) 10 April 2017
@MartinKelly1990 Your best game in a Palace shirt by a mile big man! Absolutely solid. Well done! ❤️— Ryan Cunningham (@Ryceezy) 10 April 2017
With the futures of Damien Delaney and Mamadou Sakho uncertain beyond the end of the season, a new deal could soon be on the cards for Kelly, assuming he can replicate his performance against Arsenal.
Should Crystal Palace keep Kelly on board next season?
Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly in action against Arsenal's Danny Welbeck
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