Marouane Chamakh: Doc Brown praises Crystal Palace man on Soccer AM

Last Updated: 06/01/14 8:54am

Doc Brown heaped praise on Marouane Chamakh when he took his place on the Soccer AM sofa.

The rapper, actor and Crystal Palace fan believes Morocco international Chamakh - who joined the Eagles in the summer following a tricky period at Arsenal - has worked hard whilst partnering Cameron Jerome in the striking department.

"Chamakh has got some great qualities and doesn't half work hard, while he is also settling into the squad."

Kevin Phillips on Marouane Chamakh

Brown says the 29-year-old has become a real danger in front of goal - sort of - but he was less complimentary about Ian Holloway, who left the managerial hotseat at Selhurst Park earlier this term and was replaced by Tony Pulis.

"Chamakh has started to kick on and I don't think anyone in the world of football saw that coming," said Brown, whose new show Give Out Girls - which also stars former X Factor contestant Diana Vickers - will air on Sky Living in 2014.

"He is in that unfashionable striker role - a role you never see Dimitar Berbatov play - in that he has to be supportive and a team player and he has stepped up well.

"His shots-to-goal ratio is the best in the world, too, as has had six shots and scored four goals!"


Brown, whose beloved Eagles sit 18th in the top flight following New Year's Day's 1-1 draw with Norwich, added "I liked Holloway - but at other people's clubs.

"His record with Palace was bad - we were top [of the Championship] when he took over and only scraped into the play-offs - but I think Pulis is the type of guy that was always going to solidify things.

"There are five teams as bad or worse than us and if that remains the case we have a chance of staying in the Premier League."

Brown - who has appeared in Ricky Gervais' Channel 4 show Derek - also detailed how he spent New Year's Eve, saying: "My daughter's birthday is on December 31st so we tend to have a big bash in the day and then see who is still standing after the kids have gone to bed.

"This time it was literally me and one other reprobate into the wee hours!"

To hear more from Brown, including his views on Give Out Girls and how he reacted to Crystal Palace's play-off final win over Watford, hit the video at the top of the screen.