With a deal for Patrick van Aanholt seemingly edging closer by the hour, the feature below offers one of the most comprehensive scouting reports I’ve ever seen on a new arrival at the club.
Far too often these days, the lazy stereotypes that become attached to players tend to be the only thing that matter in the eyes of supporters when they switch clubs but in reality, the situation is often far more nuanced than most will care to admit. In the case of Patrick van Aanholt, that stereotype relates to him being an awful defender; a label which the above piece examines and picks apart in beautiful, level-headed fashion.
In an era of clickbait articles frantically jumping up and down for your immediate attention, it’s rare to find a feature that willingly delves into such detail over a specific subject, analysing every part of the full-back’s game in the pursuit of clarity. It would have been far easier for the writer to scribble down a thought or three, slap a catchy headline on it and push it out into the atmosphere to be devoured by thousands but instead, they’ve lovingly crafted a useful, entertaining summary of the player from every angle imaginable.
A deal involving Palace and Sunderland looks extremely likely as things stand, leaving many of our fans keen to gain an unbiased inside scoop of exactly what we are inheriting from the Black Cats; a task made infinitely easier by the existence of the opinion piece featured at the top of the page.
Whilst I fully understand the desire to pump out short, sharp summaries for the purpose of traffic (advertising revenue makes the blogging world go round after all) it’s always a source of comfort to see a lovingly crafted feature such as the one above pop up online.
Give it a read, I promise you won’t be disappointed.