Alan Pardew has already ruled out the possibility of Crystal Palace signing Yaya Sanogo permanently, but has promised the Arsenal striker will be given an opportunity to prove his Premier League credentials during his loan spell at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles boss was asked about the incentive behind bringing the Gunners outcast to south east London for the rest of the 2014/15 campaign, to which he responded positively about the 21-year-old's potential which could help keep the club in the top-flight next season.
Sanogo has struggled to nail down a place in Arsene Wenger's line-up this term, and so was allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium on a temporary deal to secure regular first-team football.
"Coming here is a platform for him — no more," Pardew was quoted saying by The Sun. "He's here to prove whether he can become a first-team player for Arsenal. He has to show that here.
"I think he's a player who needs first-team games. His chances are at Arsenal are limited with competition in front of him, so he comes here with a much more even chance of playing.
"I spoke with Arsene Wenger and he has a high regard for him. Yaya has a fantastic CV. He's a French full and U21 international. Now he needs to grow in stature and confidence in terms of playing in the Premier League."
With 17 Premier League games still left to play between now and the end of the season, Sanogo will be looking to make a significant enough impact to convince Wenger that he has what it takes to be an Arsenal player.
With Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott among a host of top-class attacking talent in north London, the Frenchman knows it will be difficult to force his way back into contention, particularly in light of Lukas Podolski's struggles which forced the World Cup winner to join Inter Milan on a similar deal.
However, Pardew has a good track record when it comes to developing emerging Arsenal talent, after enjoying a successful relationship with Alex Song in a previous managerial spell at Charlton Athletic during the Cameroonian midfielder's formative years as a young Gunner.
"He might not get a free run at that [regular Premier League football]," he added. "He might have to come in, come out or even come off the bench at times. But he will get game time.
"I had Alex Song at Charlton when he was a youngster and we did the same for him. Like all young players Yaya needs confidence. But he asked for the No.9 shirt so that's a positive. Had he asked for No.39, I might have been worried!"
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