Having seen the club officially announce the arrival of Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald yesterday afternoon, I like many of you, am desperate to find out as much as I can about his career to date. Luckily, the piece below offers a stunning insight into his time with the Amsterdam club.
Still only 20, Jairo has signed a five-year contract in SE25, pointing towards de Boer's attempt to build a long-term legacy in south London with the fingerprints of both Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal there for all to see. Known already to be an excellent passer of the ball, the above article also discusses how Riedewald will slot into Crystal Palace's side in unexpected depth, making it the perfect read for any fan who is keen to be brought up to speed on exactly what we're getting for our money.
Given his tender age, it's difficult to know how much better Riedewald can get in the years to come but from everything I've seen and heard so far, most believe that he has not yet bumped his head against a glass ceiling, with de Boer no doubt hoping that a few months in the Premier League will bring the youngster's game on even further.
What is clear from the article attached at the top of the page, is that Jairo has a winning mentality instilled in him, as a consequence of the upbringing he's had in the Ajax academy. Bred to see winning as the only option, I for one am hopeful that slowly but surely, we can turn the club from one that starts each season looking over our shoulders into one that shoots for the stars from the very start of every Premier League campaign.
I can almost guarantee that you won't find a better researched and more lovingly written summary of Riedewald's time at Ajax than the one attached above. It's well worth a few minutes of your time.