Marouane Chamakh spent eight years at French Club, Bordeaux. During his time there, he won the Coupe de la Ligue (France’s domestic cup competition) twice and the Ligue 1 in 2008-09.
The man from Morocco was one of the most popular players at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. He was adored for his hard work on the pitch. His goal scoring record for the French club was never spectacular.
56 goals in 230 league games is hardly a great return, but his influence on the pitch was immense. He was the team’s focal point, playing as the battering ram with Yoann Gourcuff pulling the strings behind.
In his last season under Laurent Blanc, Chamakh performed well in the Champions League as well, scoring five times, including goals against Bayern Munich, Juventus, and French rivals, Lyon.
A move on a free-transfer to Arsenal followed. Considering Arsene Wenger’s knack of making brilliant bargain signings, Chamakh was expected to be a good Bosman transfer.
The start was promising. Eight goals scored by the end of November. However, there were no more goals to come as the intensity of the Premier League hit him hard in the winter. His Arsenal career never really recovered.
A loan move to West Ham United in January 2013 didn’t bring any joy. Having moved to Crystal Palace at the start of the present season, Chamakh finally seems to have found his feet under new manager Tony Pulis.
A return of two goals in the last three games suggests a flicker of form. And considering that Palace are fighting for their lives at the relegation end of the Premier League, they would be glad for the presence of the hard-working Moroccan in their squad.
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