Shrewsbury Town’s stand-in captain Abu Ogogo believes loan signing Sullay Kaikai is vital to the club’s chances of survival.
The 20-year-old winger, who joined the Shrews for a second spell last month, has improved since his first stint at the club – scoring six goals in five appearances – and Ogogo insists he will be important for the remainder of the season.
“He’s very important for us,” Ogogo told BBC Sport.
“He’s got the quality and can score goals out of nothing.”
Kaikai returned to Palace at the start of January, before agreeing to return to Shropshire last month, to help Micky Mellon’s side fight off a return to League Two.
And while Ogogo has praised Kaikai for his quality, over his two loan spells, the 26-year-old believes the winger has added another valuable asset to his game.
“He’s always played well but he’s now adding goals to his game,” Ogogo added.
Kaikai has made just one appearance for Palace, in a League Cup tie against Newcastle, in September 2014, but Mellon has questioned why the 20-year-old hasn’t been selected for England’s under-21s.
The winger, again, proved why he should be picked on the international stage and be in contention for a place in the Palace squad, with the opening goal against title-chasing Wigan Athletic – only to be hammered 5-1.
But with Shrewsbury set to play four sides that are currently in the top six, Ogogo is confident his side can maintain their League One status.
“One defeat in ten games isn’t bad – we’ve been on a good run so we need to dust ourselves down and go again,” said Ogogo.
“We’ve got a tough run-in bit we can’t look at other teams.”