Premier League: Tony Pulis backing teenager Sullay Kaikai to make the grade
Tony Pulis is hoping teenage prospect Sullay Kaikai can inspire a new batch of home-grown talent at Crystal Palace.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 11:11am
Pulis has said the academy graduate is in contention to make the squad for Saturday's trip to Norwich - and the new Palace manager believes the youngster could follow in the footsteps of Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne.
He said: "Just because Palace have got a fantastic reputation for developing players it doesn't mean players just step into the team.
"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."
Born in London to Sierra Leonean parents, Kaikai joined Palace aged 15.