Palace fans everywhere are abuzz with anticipation for the seemingly imminent announcement of Jairo Riedewald’s transfer to Selhurst Park but plenty of you will still be keen to learn more about the Eagles’ first permanent summer signing.
It’s always easy to get a tad carried away when a new man arrives at the club but with the transfer of Jairo Riedewald, there is a real and justiable sense of excitement bubbling throughout Palace’s fan-base. A great deal of that will come from Jairo’s tender age, leaving huge scope for improvement in his game across the years to come; particularly when you consider the man who is set to guide him through the whole process in Frank de Boer.
Whilst you may be unmoved by the idea of reading a piece on Riedewald which is now just under two years old, in this particular instance, it offers an insight into how highly he was rated by those across the game at the age of just 18, suggesting that the club have pulled off quite a coup in landing the Dutchman ahead of competition from elsewhere.
Chronicalling his rise through the ranks of the Ajax academy, the piece in question gives views of the defender’s game from both de Boer and Marc Overmars, one of whom compares him to one of Dutch football’s true defensive legends without so much as a second thought. There are also sections on his playing style, breakthrough moment and room for growth as both a player and a person, (the last of which is interesting to read given the progress he’s made in the two years since it was first written).
At just £7.9 million (a fee reported in The Guardian on Monday) Riedewald seems like the very definition of a bargain on the face of things, particular when you consider the ludicrous amount of money spent on Kyle Walker by Manchester City last week. Ideally, he’ll smash through the figurative glass ceiling under de Boer’s tutelage and prove to be a fantastic piece of business for the club in the long run.