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Kagisho Dikgacoi – Who Are Ya?

Heard of him? I’d hope so. Purely because it’s a difficult name to pronounce and I’m not going to help you out! Not when I’m having to spell it at least once a paragraph.

Forgetting my displeased tone, this news is actually positive as manager Dougie Freedman looks to strengthen our battling Palace team in time for the crucial end of season fixtures. With Alex Marrow injured and David Wright looking less than likely to win a midfield tussle, grit and guile would be graciously accepted – and thanks to Fulham, it seems to have arrived.

Dikgacoi, borrowed from The Cottagers for the remainder of the season, should anchor the side and spark memories of Michael Hughes or Shaun Derry in his style of play. He may as well have the word ‘robust’ scrawled along his back (it would be easier for the poor old kitman!); his energy and commitment without the ball is stunning, powerfully regaining possession with the kind of spirit and enthusiasm that shall no doubt endear him to fans sharpish.

The South African, 26, has plenty of experience, despite only featuring for Fulham once this season. Internationally, he has featured against Spain and Brazil in Bafana Bafana’s epic Confederations Cup adventure and he also completed 2 of the matches last year in the World Cup Finals.

Yet this favouritism with the national set up has not been copied by either of the Fulham bosses he has played under. Roy Hodgson gave him just 15 appearances in their amazing season which culminated in the Europa League Final while Mark Hughes has used him just the once this season. He has been tied down to a further year at Craven Cottage but has been released for a spell in a plea to convince Hughes of his abilities. For Dikgacoi didn’t make the best impression in West London to start with.

Sent off 41 minutes into his debut against West Ham for slapping Scott Parker, Dikgacoi hasn’t the best reputation to his name. The only reason he missed the final South Africa game vs France in the World Cup was due to suspension after picking up two bookings in the first two matches. His discipline needs adjustment but on the whole, this is quite a coup pulled off by our Dougie, and the stage is set for Kagisho to make a name for himself with Sheffield United travelling on Saturday. If we receive 3 points and Dikgacoi puts in a good shift then we may all be doing that awful Macarena celebratory dance that South Africa showed us back in June!

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