Last week Steve Parish claimed that a deal for a player Frank de Boer “felt good about” was nearly complete and today, it looks as though an agreement is in place for Kenny Tete.
Despite his tender age (Tete is still just 21) de Boer knows him well, having given the Dutchman his debut in the Ajax first-team and now, with Palace noticeably short of right-sided defensive options below the always dependable Joel Ward, it seems as though the new Palace boss has made a move for Tete one of his top priorities.
Although players like van Aanholt and Schlupp (both January arrivals) have proven themselves to be capable of handling the pace and pressure of the Premier League, their transfers came with a hefty price-tag, meaning that deals for players like Tete potentially represent far more bang for the owners’ buck in the long-term.
Whilst I have done a little bit of digging over Tete’s career to date in recent days, I can’t pretend to be sure of his overall game, with plenty of Palace fans sure to be a tad worried about how he’ll cope when pitted against some of the best wingers in world football from week to week but having engaged the services of Frank de Boer and implored him to help us build a footballing philosophy in SE25, it would be somewhat counterproductive to stop him picking up potential bargains from a league he knows like the back of his hand.
Palace have seldom invested in players as young as Tete, particularly in the years since winning promotion back to the Premier League in 2013 but the deal represents genuine potential with a possibly massive re-sale value a few years down the line if he flourishes as de Boer no doubt expects him to.
I am under no illusions, this is not a transfer we’d be considering without the newly appointed de Boer in the Selhurst Park hotseat but given the circumstances, I’m extremely excited to see what Tete can do for us in the years to come.
Keep your fingers crossed.