September 1, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
English Championship side Brentford on Wednesday confirmed the loan signing of Sierra Leone and Crystal Palace winger, Sullay Kaikai.
The 21-year-old pacy winger completes the loan deal on the transfer window deadline day and he is expected to spend the rest of the season with the championship side.
Brentford coach Dean Smith told the club’s official website after the deal was completed that the youngster will enhance his squad.
He said: “I am really pleased to have Sullay join us for the season, I am thankful to Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace for making this happens. Sullay is a player I feel will enhance our squad, he brings pace, energy and goals and is a player we have watched several times at Crystal Palace and Shrewsbury last season where he excelled. I believe we can help him on his development pathway and he will certainly help us fulfill our ambitions.”
The club’s Co-Director of Football, Phil Giles said: “Sullay has been a priority target for the whole of this transfer window. We had to wait until the very last day for Crystal Palace to agree to our request for the loan. It was a risk for us to wait to see if this loan would happen whilst turning down other opportunities, so I’m glad that our patience has been rewarded.”
Kaikai was born in London to Sierra Leonean parents and he joined the Eagles Academy at the age of 15. He made his Crystal Palace debut in the Third Round of the League Cup in September 2014, as an 80th minute substitute in the match against Newcastle United at Selhurst Park.
Last season, he appeared for Shrewsbury Town in two loan spells, scoring an impressive 12 goals from 26 League One appearances, making him The Shrews top goalscorer. He was then recalled to Selhurst Park in May 2016 and linked-up with the First Team squad. Sullay made his Premier League debut for The Eagles in the final game of last season on 15 May at Southampton as a second half substitute and provided the assist for Palace’s goal.