Crystal Palace fans have seen their hopes of signing Ajax right-back Kenny Tete boosted hugely following news of a change to the Dutchman’s schedule.
Having been used regularly by Frank de Boer during his time in charge of the Eredivisie giants, Tete is almost certain to be of interest to Palace this summer, given the lack of depth on the right side of defence below the ever-present figure of Joel Ward.
Still just 21 years old, Tete has built a stellar reputation for himself since making his professional debut back in 2013. A part of Ajax’s youth system since the age of 10, he now has 36 appearances for the first-team under his belt alongside five full caps for the Netherlands international side, quickly becoming known across Holland for his love of slide tackling.
After shelling out a reported £10 million and £14 million on Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt respectively last season, the supposed fee of £4 million being demanded for Tete represents fantastic value on the face of things, particularly when you consider the unique perspective Frank de Boer will have over his capabilities from a defensive point of view.
It’s easy to automatically assume that players like Tete will have their heads turned by other suitors before agreeing to join us but as we enter our fifth consecutive season in the Premier League, we must appreciate the draw that a move to Palace now has for players throughout Europe. Thanks to the likes of Zaha, Townsend, Benteke and Cabaye, we have a squad that is likely to impress plenty of targets, with Tete’s personal relationship with de Boer putting another tick next to our name as he weighs up the pros and cons of a move.
Keep your fingers crossed everyone.