After being officially announced as a Crystal Palace player yesterday, Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah gave a remarkably insightful interview to Chris Grierson, giving an indication of his desire to succeed in SE25.
Still just a teenager, Fosu-Mensah is a player who is known to have immense potential for improvement but with Jose Mourinho’s Reds expected to be challenging for the Premier League title whilst returning to Champions League action this term, his coaches in the north west clearly feel as though he’ll develop at a more rapid rate if sent on loan to Selhurst Park.
Having made his way to Old Trafford after an eight-year youth career with Ajax, Timothy is well versed in the values that Frank de Boer holds dear, leading to the assumption that he’ll be able to slot in rather quickly to the back three favoured by the Eagles’ new boss. Of course, no one can be sure if a player so young can be relied upon to participate immediately in the season opener at home to Huddersfield Town tomorrow but if de Boer does indeed decide that he’s ready, I’m certainly open minded to the prospect.
It would be easy to assume that Fosu-Mensah moved to Manchester with a sterling reputation but as you can see from the video interview attached at the top of the page, he had his fair share of teething problems when first making a name for himself in Amsterdam. Thankfully, his transition was aided hugely by Orlando Trustfull, who is now a part of the Palace coaching staff; a fact that bodes extremely well for all parties ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
We may struggle to keep hold of him next summer if he does as well as expected but with the defence still short of strength in depth as things stand, I look upon the teenager’s arrival as a real coup for de Boer and Palace.