It’s only taken a few days for Frank de Boer to be heavily linked with a move for one of his old Ajax players in the shape of right-back Kenny Tete and if the video attached below is anything to go by, the lad absolutely loves a tackle.
Whilst the January transfer window saw Sam Allardyce address the lack of left-sided full-backs with the signings of Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp, the right side of defence has been left almost untouched for years thanks to the almost constant presence of Joel Ward in the Eagles’ starting XI.
Having read a lot about de Boer’s preferred style of play in the last few days, you would assume that he’ll want full-backs with pace, leaving van Aanholt more likely to have a long-term under his management than Ward and whilst it is only a rumour at this stage, a move for Tete appears on the face of things to tick an awful lot of boxes.
Although the vast majority of Palace fans are desperate to see the club go back in for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho this summer after successful loan spell last term, the £30 million fee being demanded by the Reds is likely to prove a step too far for de Boer and his new directors, with moves for players like Tete and fellow Ajax defender Joel Veltman seemingly far more realistic in the coming weeks.
I’m not the sort to pretend I know a great deal about every player across Europe’s top divisions and I’ll confess to being relatively lacking in knowledge over Tete’s unique attributes, but the video attached at the top of the page definitely proves him to be a talented and extremely willing tackler. For the next few weeks, I’ll be trusting de Boer’s judgement completely.