March 29, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Crystal Palace on loan striker, Sullay Kaikai, scored his 10th goal of the season on his 19th Shrewsbury Town appearance to save a point for the club against Port Vale.
The visitors were in front, thanks to a Louis Dodds’ header, but Kaikai leveled on 73rd minutes from 20-yards for the home side to extend his goal scoring tally to ten goals in the English League Two.
Kaikai, 20, had previously scored nine goals in 18 League One appearances – and recently re-joined them to rescue their season. His 10th goal of the season was enough to stretch Micky Mellon’s side’s unbeaten League One run to nine games, and they now sit nine points away from the relegation zone.
Kaikai, who is still eligible to play for Sierra Leone, has kept his astonishing display for Shrewsbury since his return in another loan agreements deal.
In related development, the in-form striker was dropped from the England Under-21s squad that played Switzerland in Thun in a UEFA European Championship qualifier on Saturday and coach Micky Mellon has expressed his disbelief that the youngster was not considered.
“I’m shocked he’s not been picked for England Under-21s. I cannot believe he’s not in that squad,” said the Town boss. “Tell me who’s better in that team. I can’t catch my breath that a talent like that hasn’t been recognised. The qualities he has – what is the matter with people?
“What are they not seeing? He’s playing first-team football, he’s been in Crystal Palace’s Premier League squad, he’s a young English talent that scores goals consistently in League One, so what more do they want the boy to do?”
Kaikai was born in Southwark, south London, and is eligible to play for his parents’ birthplace Sierra Leone, who have courted him, but has kept his options open.