This Statistical Comparison Between Riedewald & CPFC’s Defenders Is Startling

1 Posted by - July 13, 2017 - News

With Crystal Palace now reported to be on the verge of signing 20-year-old Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald, Palace fans have been doing some digging into the sort of player we’re getting and are rather pleased with what they’ve found. 

This graphic reflects incredibly well on Riedewald. He’s a vastly better passer than the rest of our defenders. 

Having been brought up to adhere to the philosophy of “Total Football” championed by Johan Cruyff and Frank de Boer alike, Riedewald would bring a hugely different dimension to our defensive play, if he does indeed decide to sign on the dotted line at Selhurst Park. 

Still only 20 and seemingly comfortable operating in the centre and left side of defence as well as defensive midfield, the Dutchman has proven himself to be incredibly versatile, as well as technically gifted in the early stages of his professional career. Given his apparent strengths, a move to SE25 may be something of a culture shock for the youngster but if de Boer is to foster a new way of thinking about the game inside the club, the capture of Jairo may represent a big part of the puzzle. 

Our counter-attacking ways been both a strength and a weakness in recent seasons depending on the opposition but all of the noises emanating from Palace’s Beckenham training base in recent weeks have pointed towards a physically demanding, pressing style of play being worked on by de Boer and the players, which should, in theory, result in higher possession statistics for the Eagles in the 2017/18 campaign. 

If that does prove to be the case, a player like Riedewald could well flourish in the Premier League after proving himself to be the best passer of a ball in Ajax’s entire first-team squad last season. I’ll be honest, I’m a little baffled as to why we’re not facing stiffer competition for the Netherlands international as things stand but I’m certainly not complaining. 

I personally guarantee that the graphic attached at the top of the page will impress you. We may be about to land ourselves a bargain. 

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9 Comments

  • Marty July 13, 2017 - 7:23 am Reply

    I think there is competition for him to be honest. But I’m thinking the affiliation he has with DeBoer is probably a big pull in this if we pull it off.

    And remember the Premier League is a bit faster paced and competitive than the Dutch League.

    • admin July 13, 2017 - 7:36 am Reply

      Yes, you’re quite right Marty, the Eredivisie is akin to Primary School with the Premier League taking on the role of Sixth Form; that said, it looks to be an incredibly positive move from us.

      • Marty July 13, 2017 - 7:56 am Reply

        Definitely

  • Ian Lyons July 13, 2017 - 8:23 am Reply

    Stats dont tell the whole story though. He’s played in a system with the ethic of keeping possession… ours havent. Counter attacking requires the ball to be moved quickly and directly over longer distances to get behind the lines…and with that comes a greater risk of innaccuracy.

    Whilst intetesting the stats need to be viewed with proper context.

    • admin July 13, 2017 - 8:24 am Reply

      You are of course correct, Ian. That said, for a lad of 20, it certainly bodes well for the direction FdB is looking to take us over the next few years. His interceptions per game, which are also included in the graphic are head and shoulders better than our current crop, too.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh July 13, 2017 - 9:55 am Reply

    People saying the league isn’t the same. Most defenders who move from the Eredevise to the Prem seem to make the transition smoothly. Vermaelen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Blind, Hyypia et.al. have all moved easily.

    Yes the style may be different but i’m sure a player trained at the Ajax academy has enough tactical nous to adapt. Besides he may play him at CDM instead!

    • admin July 13, 2017 - 10:29 am Reply

      It’s all relative; at his age, he’ll be extremely malleable tactically.

  • Tony July 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Surely the accuracy of a players passing has a lot to do with the movement of the players he is passing to and their ability to find space?

    • admin July 13, 2017 - 1:07 pm Reply

      Yes, indeed it does but similarly, the phrase “he can only beat what’s put in front of him” comes to mind, Tony.

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