Upon his arrival at Crystal Palace it was made clear that Jairo Riedewald was as comfortable playing in defensive midfield as he was at centre-back; a claim that the video attached below proves perfectly.
Initially used a defender when first breaking into the Ajax team under the guidance of new Palace boss Frank de Boer, Riedewald saw his position tweaked slightly when Peter Bosz took the reins in Amsterdam, operating at the base of the Ajax midfield with great effect.
A lot has already been made of the Dutch international's passing ability and whilst plenty of sceptics will point towards the relative lack of pressure placed on players in the Eredivisie compared to the Premier League, Jairo's display in the video above is remarkable given his age and the pressure placed on the fixture in question (it was a Champions League play-off tie).
What struck me immediately was the head-up nature of his game, always scanning the field for his next pass and advancing the play whilst sitting in front of the back four. Whilst I doubt he'll regularly be used at the base of Palace's midfield by de Boer, it's comforting to know that he's more than capable of slotting in there if needed, allowing us a little more tactical flexibility than before.
Whilst it's always advisable to keep expectations low when signing a player from Holland, just in case they struggle to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, everyone I've spoken to who understands Riedewald's game seems to feel as though he's as close to a sure thing as you can get, particularly when you throw the influence of Frank de Boer's coaching into the mix. I'm sure south London will take some getting used to for a boy from Amsterdam but with plenty of positive influences for him, both in the team and on the coaching staff, he should flourish in red and blue given time to find his feet.
We've seldom had such an accomplished ball player on our books at just 20 years old, proving that the lure of playing for our new boss is having a positive impact on our work in the transfer market. Let's hope Riedewald is just the first piece of the puzzle for Frank and the Palace board this summer.