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Crystal Palace boss Pulis opens door for possible Kaikai debut

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has indicated that Sullay Kaikai will travel with the team to Norwich City this weekend.

The 18-year old striker scored a hat-trick for the U21s in a match against Tottenham during the week and could be given an opportunity in the first team.

However, former Stoke City boss Pulis made it clear that the Sierra Leone-born forward, just like other Palace youth products, would have to earn their spot in the senior setup.

"Just because Palace have got a fantastic reputation for developing players it doesn't mean players just step into the team," he said.

"Those players have to prove they are good enough. We had a young lad who scored a hat-trick in the U21s and he will be coming to Norwich. I'm hoping there will be two or three of those.

"Ryan Shawcross was captain at 19 years of age at Stoke, we had Asmir Begovic at 20, Marc Wilson at 20, Steven N'Zonzi and Ryan Shotton - they were all young players who came through.

"But the big thing was they were good enough to play in the team."

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