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Filed: Thursday, 22nd August 2013
By: Staff Writer

Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh has accused Sam Allardyce of reneging on a promise to give him first team football.

The Morrocan striker made the switch to Selhurst Park earlier this month having been allowed to move across the capital on loan for the duration of the 2013/14 season, after failing at both Arsenal and at West Ham where he spent the latter half of last season on loan.

Chamakh made just three appearances for West Ham after moving to the Boleyn at the beginning of January - two starts (in which he was substituted on both occasions) and one from the bench.

However speaking to L'Equipe, the 29-year-old former Bordeaux hitman claimed that Allardyce had deceived him with regards to the amount of playing time he would get at the Boleyn Ground.

"West Ham was a bad choice. It did not go well at all," he said. "The manager promised me that because of the injury to Andy Carroll, I would get playing time. Alou Diarra had warned me [about the manager].

"I know I'll have plenty of time here at Palace. I'm going to get chances and find the net. But I do not regret coming to England."

Chamakh was sent back to Arsenal at the end of the 2012/13 campaign having played just 151 minutes of competitive football for West Ham in five months.

So long, Marouane: Chamakh's 'finest' moments at West Ham

12th January: Replaced Carlton Cole as a 57th minute substitute to make his debut in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

19th January: Made his first start for the club in the 1-1 draw with relegated Queens Park Rangers. Should have been awarded two penalties before being replaced with an hour on the clock.

30th January: A second start in what would prove to be his third and final appearance for the club as West Ham went down 3-1 to Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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