Crystal Palace Nails Liberian Youngster

Hawa Wesseh

Liberian youngster Alex Nimely is now signed to Crystal Palace in the English league. At Palace Nimely is expected to be a regular forward in Coach Ian Holloway’s squad, a break he has not had since his playing career began in England reports say.

Before going on to Europe, Nimely laced his boots for Liberia’s FC Mighty Barrolle for a year, 2005-06. He also played for Barrack Young Controllers in the Liberian league for three years, before moving on to Cameroon for a season, where he scored 5 times in 9 appearances for Conton de Garoua.

Palace signed the Liberian forward on loan until the end of the season, and he is expected to bring form to the team. Two months ago Holloway was hired and he wasted no time casting his net with Nimely.  Alex was the first player he signed for Selhurst Park Stadium. The coach said he was impressed with Nimely performances over the years, and that he was his radar for quite a while, “I’ve admired him for a couple of years; I like his movement, skill and his tenacity.”He’s a nice kid and he’s one of the ones that they tend to stack and rack at clubs like Manchester City and I’m very pleased that with the choices he had he’s chosen us.”

Nimely featured for England on the youth level, and recently expressed interest in playing for his home country Liberia. He is 21. The Liberian dribbler told Palace website: “I’ve played against Blackpool and Crystal Palace a couple of times so I think the manager has been watching me for a long time, so when he gave me the call to come here I was very happy to.” At Coventry city, he played 17 games scoring one goal, but at the star studded Manchester City which boasts the Argentine pairs of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, and the Spaniards duo David Silva, and Javi Garcia, Nimely place on the team was never secured. They currently lied second on the Barclays Premier League table with 48 points from 22 games played behind Manchester United. Manchester City still considers him a protégé, betting that he will develop sturdily while he is being loaned according to reports; previously, before going on the Coventry, he was also loaned to Middlesbrough.

Holloway is excited though that Nimely has joined his team and let it be known when he added. “I want him to play for us and get some goals and hopefully he’ll do that.” The Liberian ace was also full of praises of his new manager and team saying, “”I met the manager and he’s fantastic. His philosophy is great as he wants to play good football and help the young players improve. I trained last week before the game against Stoke and I watched that game and was shocked by the way they play football by keeping the ball on the floor.

Manchester City consistently loaned Nimely with “the hope that he will grow into his own quickly on a team where he will see action regularly on the pitch and crystal place it seems is the place he must prove himself or else Manchester City might just not take him back which could see his career dwindle, if he doesn’t show them he has what it takes to play with the big boys, his career might soon be over,” said a Liberian football analyst.

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