Ever since Frank de Boer first stepped foot in SE25, Ajax right-back Kenny Tete has been heavily linked with a move to the club and now, the Dutch giants have all but confirmed his departure.
Whilst de Boer stated in his opening press conference that he was keen to first get a feel for which areas of the squad needed strengthening through training sessions, the group’s lack of depth on the right side of defence has always been a glaring issue rather than an underlying one.
Having openly distanced ourselves from a summer move for French international defender Mamadou Sakho on the basis of the financial outlay required, a move for Tete sits comfortably at the other end of the scale, with his tender age and relative lack of experience working in Palace’s favour in terms of the transfer fee being demanded by the Dutch outfit.
After joining Ajax at the age of just 10, Tete made his way up the ranks in fine style, impressing in the second tier with reserve side Jong Ajax before being given his full first-team debut by de Boer in February of 2015; a moment that is almost certain to have stuck with the fleet-footed full-back ever since.
Already known to love a sliding tackle, Tete’s potential is widely known throughout the game. He will of course be a tad raw to begin with but under Frank de Boer’s watchful eye, I’m sure both the player and those above the gaffer in the Palace heirarchy will be hopeful of him taking to football in the Premier League like a duck to water, providing real competition for Joel Ward in the process.
A signing such as Tete would represent a sign of intent from both Palace and de Boer for the rest of the summer, shifting our focus away from well-known names and focussing instead on young players with a great deal of potential which can and should be harnessed by the boss in the coming seasons; on the face of things at least, it’s a deal that ticks an awful lot of boxes.