New Blackpool boss Neil Critchley hopes Sullay Kaikai will play for the Tangerines this season, as reported by the Blackpool Gazette.
He watched his side go down 2-1 at home to relegation-haunted Tranmere last night, a side looking to mount a great escape, but Critchley’s team looks to be safe this season.
They’ve been without former Crystal Palace man Sullay Kaikai for a period of time now, with mystery having surrounded his absence. Despite his extended spell on the sidelines, Kaikai is still the Tangerines third-top goalscorer with six goals in his 28 outings.
With that sort of impact, Critchley is sure to want him back in the squad and he revealed that the 24-year-old is getting there, slowly.
“Sullay is out on the grass and has been for a week or so now, just building up his fitness and doing different exercises with the physio,” said the Blackpool boss.
“He’s in good spirits but obviously slightly frustrated. I’ve seen Sullay play a lot in his time here and at previous clubs, so I know what an exciting player he is. I’m hoping we can have him back on the pitch before the end of the season.”
Kaikai, who has also featured for Charlton, Shrewsbury, Brentford and Cambridge as well as having a spell in the Netherlands with NAC Breda, hasn’t featured since getting 15 minutes of their 1-0 defeat at Lincoln City back in January.
Having Kaikai back will be a big boost to Blackpool. He’s a tricky customer with pace and flair which is something perhaps only Liam Feeney has been able to produce this season.
Under Simon Grayson, those types of players often looked stunted and held back, but Critchley is looking likely to get the best form them.
Last night’s defeat was painful, but they’ll be looking to next season with renewed optimism and a young player such as Kaikai could have a huge role to play for them going forward, if he gets fit.