The Moroccan, who has signed for the Eagles on a one-year deal, reportedly with the potential to extend according to the Croydon Advertiser, will be looking to get straight into the team for Sunday’s season opener against Tottenham.
Whilst the prospect of scoring against Spurs as a former Arsenal player will be appealing, Chamakh may find it difficult to get a start.
Dwight Gayle was brought in at the start of the window and has played with the squad during pre-season. Having been given a chance in the Premier League, there is every possibility that Gayle will start as an unknown quantity against the Spurs defence.
There is also the opportunity for manager Ian Holloway to change tactics and play with two up front.
Chamakh’s signing provides more choice in the forward line, with Kevin Phillips re-signing over the summer, and Aaron Wilbraham a back-up whilst last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray recovers from injury.
Although his record in English football is not amazing, Chamakh has a point to prove and so do Palace, so there is the potential for a very productive relationship.
A goal and helping the team to victory on Sunday will certainly go a long way in securing his position in the team, and also with the fans.
Daniel Smith - @dmsmith1987