Timothy Fosu-Mensah may have only been on Crystal Palace’s books for 13 days but the 19-year-old has already made a big impression on the Eagles’ faithful.
Frank de Boer raised a number of eyebrows when he threw Tim straight into the thick of the action with a starting place on the opening day of the season at home to Huddersfield but by the time Jon Moss brought the tie to a close, few if any Palace fans were questioning the new boss over his selection of the Manchester United youngster.
Whilst his debut brought only limited praise thanks to the humbling nature of the defeat Palace suffered, against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, Tim was superb. Strong, pacey and demonstrating a remarkable ability to read the attacking intentions of the home side’s players, he impressed those who watched him on either side of the divide.
When news of the deal first broke, there were hordes of Palace fans who argued against it, using social media to bemoan the practice of taking players from our competitors with little to no hope of keeping them on the books in the long-term if they impress but after just three games in red and blue, you’d have to be mad not to see the value of having him in the team, albeit on a temporary basis.
In truth, his early displays have hinted towards Tim having a long and successful future at the very top of the game, probably as the permanent replacement for Antonio Valencia in Jose Mourinho’s set-up at Old Trafford but discussions over his eventual permanent home can wait for another day. As things stand right now, he’s ours until May and I’m determined to appreciate what we’ve got whilst I can.