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.