Sullay Kaikai

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Sullay Kaikai
Personal information
Full name Sulaiman Borbor Kaikai[1]
Date of birth (1995-08-26) 26 August 1995 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Southwark, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 25
Youth career
2010–2013 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Crystal Palace 2 (0)
2014 Crawley Town (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2015 Cambridge United (loan) 25 (5)
2015 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 14 (5)
2016 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 12 (7)
2016–2017 Brentford (loan) 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:55, 21 May 2017 (UTC).

Sulaiman Borbor "Sullay" Kaikai (born 26 August 1995) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Crystal Palace.

A youth product of Crystal Palace, he made his senior debut on loan at Crawley Town in League One 2014, and later that year scored on his Palace debut. He has since been loaned to Cambridge United in League Two, Shrewsbury Town in League One and Brentford in the Championship.

Club career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Youth[edit]

Kaikai started his career at Crystal Palace when he was fifteen[3] In May 2013, his goal against Liverpool the previous August, in which "After controlling a raking cross-field pass, Kaikai took on three Liverpool defenders before firing a right-footed shot past the keeper" won the League Football Education Goal of the Season award.[4]

2013–14: Crawley (loan)[edit]

On 7 February 2014, Kaikai joined League One side Crawley Town on an initial one-month loan along with Hiram Boateng.[5] He made his senior debut on the 25th when he came on as a substitute for Andy Drury in the 33rd minute of a 1–1 draw away to Swindon Town.[6] On 7 March, he extended his loan with Crawley until 5 April.[7] After making five appearances for the club, two being starts, Kaikai returned to his parent club upon expiry of his loan spell.[8]

2014–15: Debut and Cambridge (loan)[edit]

On 24 September 2014, Kaikai made his Crystal Palace debut in the third round of the League Cup, replacing Jonathan Williams in the 80th minute of the match against Newcastle United at Selhurst Park. He equalised in added time to send the game into extra time, which the Eagles lost 2–3.[9][10]

On 27 November 2014, Kaikai joined League Two club Cambridge United, on loan until 3 January 2015.[11] Two days later, Kaikai made his debut for the club, assisting Liam Hughes in a 2–1 win over AFC Wimbledon at the Kingsmeadow Stadium.[12] Kaikai scored his first goal of his loan on 16 December in the FA Cup second round replay, the only goal of a win at Mansfield Town.[13] He signed his first professional contract with Palace on 29 December 2014.[14]

On 16 January 2015, Kaikai's loan at Cambridge was extended until the end of the season.[15] The next day, he scored his first league goal, in a 4–0 win over Newport County at the Abbey Stadium.[16] Kaikai scored a brace on 18 April, in a 3–1 home win over Mansfield.[17] He returned to Palace in the first week of May.[18] He won Palace's Vice-President's Young Player or the Year Award, and the Development Player of the Year Award on 13 May.[19] Ahead of the Premier League match against Liverpool three days later, Kaikai was among several youngsters to make a trip, but was not included either in the starting line-up or substitution bench.[20]

2015–16: League debut and Shrewsbury (loan)[edit]

The following season, on 17 September 2015, Kaikai joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on a four-month loan deal.[21] He made his Shrewsbury debut as a 67th-minute substitute for Mat Sadler in a 1–0 home defeat to Crewe two days later,[22] and got his first goals for the club in a home victory against Colchester United on 10 October, scoring twice to put his team 3–2 and then eventually 4–2 ahead after they had trailed by two goals at half time.[23] After scoring in subsequent matches against Scunthorpe United and Bury, giving him four goals in five appearances, he won the PFA Fans Player of the Month award for October 2015 for League One.[24]

Kaikai was recalled to cover for injuries at his parent club on 23 December,[25] rejoining Shrewsbury for a further loan deal until the end of the season in March 2016.[26] He scored four times in the first four games of his second loan, including two first-half strikes in a 2–1 draw at Bury on 19 March which earned him a place in The Football League's Team of the Week.[27] He finished the season as Shrewsbury's top scorer, with 12 goals, before being recalled again by his parent club on 3 May.[28]

Kaikai made his Premier League debut on 15 May in the last game of the season, replacing Jordon Mutch at half time in a 4–1 loss at Southampton. He took the corner kick from which Jason Puncheon scored the Eagles' goal.[29] He was handed the number 25 shirt to wear for the 2016–17 season, switching from his previous squad number 43.[30]

2016–17: Brentford (loan)[edit]

On deadline day, 31 August 2016, Kaikai joined Brentford on a season long loan and was given the number 25 shirt.[31] He made his debut against Palace's fierce rivals Brighton & Hove Albion replacing Lewis Macleod in the 80th minute of a 2–0 away victory on 10 September.[32] Four days later he provided an 88th-minute assist for John Egan as Brentford drew 1–1 with Aston Villa.[33] Kaikai scored his first goal for the Bees in a 3–1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 24 September.[34] He was recalled by Crystal Palace on 2 January 2017.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Kaikai was born in the London Borough of Southwark to parents hailing from Sierra Leone.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crawley Town (loan) 2013–14[37] League One 5 0 5 0
Crystal Palace 2014–15[38] Premier League 0 0 1 1 1 1
2015–16[39] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17[40] Premier League 1 0 2 0 3 0
Total 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
Cambridge United (loan) 2014–15[38] League Two 25 5 5 1 30 6
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2015–16[39] League One 26 12 2 0 1[a] 0 29 12
Brentford (loan) 2016–17[40] Championship 18 3 18 3
Career total 76 20 9 1 1 1 1 0 87 22
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 35. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sullay Kaikai". 11v11. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Premier League: Tony Pulis backing teenager Sullay Kaikai to make the grade". Sky Sports. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kaikai Wins Goal of the Season Award". Crystal Palace F.C. 12 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Crawley: Crystal Palace duo Boateng and Kaikai join on loan". BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Swindon Town 1–1 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Palace duo extend stay". Crawley Town FC. 7 March 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Conns: Time to roll our sleeves up". Crawley Town F.C. 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Warnock Makes 11 Changes For Toon Tie". Crystal Palace F.C. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Report: Crystal Palace 2–3 Newcastle United (AET)". 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kaikai Joins Cambridge on Loan". Crystal Palace F.C. 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Wimbledon 1 – 2 Cambridge United". BBC Sport. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mansfield Town 0 – 1 Cambridge United". BBC Sport. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Gray and Kaikai Sign Professional Deals". Crystal Palace F.C. 24 December 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kaikai Extends Cambridge Stay". Crystal Palace Official Website. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Cambridge United 4 – 0 Newport County". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cambridge United 3–1 Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kaikai Happy To Be Back". cpfc.co.uk. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Kaikai Picks Up Development Acolade [sic]". Crystal Palace F.C. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Football – No concerns for Pardew's Eagles". Yahoo! Eurosport. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sullay Kaikai: Shrewsbury Town sign Crystal Palace midfielder". BBC Sport. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Shrewsbury 0 Crewe 1". BBC Sport. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  23. ^ "Shrewsbury 4 Colchester 2". BBC Sport. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  24. ^ "Alexis Sanchez claims PFA Fans' Player of the Month as winners announced". Sky Sports. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  25. ^ "Sullay Kaikai recalled". Shrewsweb. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  26. ^ "Sullay returns". Shrewsweb. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week". The Football League. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "Sullay Returns". Shrewsweb. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  29. ^ "Report: Southampton 4–1 Crystal Palace". Crystal Palace F.C. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Sullay Kaikai: Crystal Palace Player Profile". www.cpfc.co.uk. Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  31. ^ "Sullay Kaikai joins Brentford from Crystal Palace". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Brentford F.C. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  32. ^ "Brighton 0–2 Brentford". BBC Sport. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "Aston Villa 1–1 Brentford". BBC Sport. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  34. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Brentford". BBC Sport. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  35. ^ "Sullay Kaikai returns to Crystal Palace". Brentford F.C. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  36. ^ "Next Generation Series". Sierra Leone football. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Sullay Kaikai in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Sullay Kaikai in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Sullay Kaikai in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Sullay Kaikai in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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