A week ago, few Palace fans had heard the name Jairo Riedewald but now, it seems as though the Dutchman is all set to become Frank de Boer’s first permanent signing as Eagles boss.
At just 20, the Ajax defender has already built an extremely solid reputation in the Eredivisie, performing superbly for the Amsterdam-based outfit on their run to the Europa League final last season. Known well to Frank de Boer, who gave him his professional debut, Jairo would undoubtedly go into immediate contention for a starting place, providing quality opposition to the defenders who are already on our books.
Capped three times at full international level by the Netherlands, Riedewald is known as an incredibly proficient passer of the ball, with his statistics last season seeing him leading the way in terms of pass accuracy for the entire Ajax squad. Whilst you may be wondering why a player with such attributes would leave Holland at all, we should not underestimate the lure that the Premier League has for players across the globe, with the presence of de Boer no doubt convincing Jairo that Selhurst Park is the ideal place for him to grow as both a defender and a man in the years to come.
There was rumoured interest in him from both Everton and Southampton, with the former being managed by another Dutchman in the shape of Ronald Koeman but all of the noises coming out of the Dutch media, including the article attached at the top of the page, seem to suggest that Riedewald has his heart firmly set on wearing red and blue next season.
With the players set to jet off to Hong Kong in the next couple of days for their pre-season tournament against Liverpool, Leicester and West Brom, you would hope that Riedewald will be drafted in and allowed to make an appearance at some stage but for now, without any form of official confirmation having arrived, we can do nothing more than sit tight and cross our fingers that things pass without a last minute hitch.
Watch this space.