Everton’s hopes of landing Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt this January were dealt a fatal blow yesterday, when the Dutchman declared his desire to stay with the Eagles on social media.
Lol dont worry , im very happy at palace i aint going anywhere 🔴🔵 https://t.co/aTLGCnmkXq
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) January 9, 2018
After struggling for game time in the early stages of Roy Hodgson’s tenure at Selhurst Park, some had assumed that a reunion with his former boss Sam Allardyce was on the cards but despite apparent interest in him from the Toffees, Patrick chose yesterday to reiterate his loyalty to the Eagles.
Admittedly, the current Palace gaffer has given preference to fellow left-back Jeffrey Schlupp since arriving in September but now, with the former Leicester man having picked up what looked to be a quite serious injury against Brighton on Monday night, we’re almost certain to see Van Aanholt given a run of starts in the side.
Both he and Schlupp have been at the club less than a year at the time of writing, highlighting just how frantic things have been behind the scenes since they were signed last January as a consequence of Pape Souare’s long-term absence following a car crash. You could argue that we paid over what most would consider “value for money” for both of them at the time but even so, the depth offered by their presence shouldn’t be underestimated.
Last month, thanks largely to Schlupp’s apparent stranglehold on the starting left-back role, I was far from convinced that Van Aanholt was keen to stay in SE25 but it was lovely to see him come out with such an unequivocal statement of intent on Twitter yesterday, putting to bed any rumours of an exit before they were ever really allowed to gather any steam in the press.
There is no doubt that Van Aanholt’s game has flaws but he is by no means a bad footballer and generally, he appears to be benefitting hugely from Roy Hodgson’s influence on the training ground.
Let’s hope he proves to be worth his weight in gold with Schlupp laid up on the treatment table.