Teen signing from eighth-division club to feature in Crystal Palace side


Keshi Anderson is having the week of his life.

Just a few days ago, the 19-year-old was playing for Barton Rovers, a non-league side that plays seven-tiers below the Premier League.

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On January 27th, Anderson was playing in a trial match for Championship side Brentford against Crystal Palace’s U21 team. After coming off the bench for Brentford, the striker scored a hat-trick in six minutes.

His performance was so impressive, Crystal Palace signed the teenager just a few days later.

In his debut for Palace’s U21 side, he came off the bench and scored yet again.

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Now, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has said Anderson will be on the bench for the Eagles’ upcoming Premier League match against Leicester City.

It will be a good experience for him to come and see what goes on. His headlights are still full on.

He came to our attention late. He got a bit of attention from other clubs and he played against us and caught our eye and it’s a great opportunity for him.

And he has taken a similar route that I took myself, coming from non league so he will have great sympathetic eyes from my point of view.”

Anderson is now officially a Premier League player, and Pardew said he would be treated the “same as Jordon Mutch, who has cost £4.5m.”

Considering Anderson was making just over $300 a month for Barton Rovers, it will be a dream come true for the striker just to sit on the bench at Selhurst Park.