We may still be waiting for the club to make an “official” announcement but news outlets everywhere are reporting that Jairo Riedewald is now a Crystal Palace player. Keeping that in mind, the link attached just below is well worth a few minutes of your time.
You can be sure that the likes of Paul Merson and Phil Thompson will express their doubts over the arrival of Riedewald in the days leading up to the start of the Premier League season but to those who do actually hold a keen interest in football beyond the confines of the English top flight, Jairo is a man with an extremely impressive CV.
I dare say, if you read HLTCO on a semi-regular basis, you’ll have seen the articles published which offer an insight into Riedewald’s game over the last week or so but none have gone into anything like the detail as the one linked at the head of this piece. Having seen the club linked with a move for Mamadou Sakho all summer long, the writer in question has even compiled a direct comparison between the two men, just so you can get a full feel for the sort of defender Frank de Boer has chosen to bring in.
With Palace set to play their first pre-season friendly out in Hong Kong against Liverpool this afternoon, we will have to wait a while to see the 20-year-old pulling on a red and blue shirt but as I’m sure you’ll agree, all signs point towards the defender’s arrival in the first-team being worth the wait.
It’s the sort of signing we’re not accustomed to seeing Palace make but as de Boer looks to mould a team in his image, Riedewald’s addition feels like a significant and symbolic piece of the jigsaw puzzle.