Feature: Lost boy Chamakh plots Palace resurrection

“[Laurent] Blanc nicknamed him ‘The Plank’ due to the way his Bordeaux team-mates bounced their attacking moves off him, but despite his skill at holding the ball up, his lack of pace was always likely to provide an obstacle amid the cut-throat speed of the English top flight. So it proved, and by November 2011, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud was already on the phone pleading with him to return to the Stade Chaban-Delmas.”

I wrote a piece for AFP on why things went wrong for Marouane Chamakh at Arsenal, and how he’s hoping to revive his career at Crystal Palace. You can read it here.

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