A few weeks ago, there was a great deal of chatter in the press to suggest that Timothy Fosu-Mensah may be set to cut his loan spell with Crystal Palace short and head back to Manchester United but judging by the Dutchman’s latest comments, that’s the last thing on his mind.
Having played 19 times for the Eagles since joining in the summer, it looks as though the right-back is getting more than enough game-time to be satisfied in SE25, having grown as a player and a personality during his time with us. After originally joining the club when Frank de Boer was in charge he’s now working under the guidance of Roy Hodgson but seems to have taken to his different coaching methods like a duck to water, singing the praises of the 70-year-old gaffer in the interview above.
Plenty of United fans were keen for Tim to head back to Manchester at the earliest possible moment given his undoubted talent but for now, it’s clear that Fosu-Mensah himself sees Palace as the ideal environment for him to hone his skills. Having struck up what appears to be decent friendships with Patrick van Aanholt, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Wilfried Zaha, the teenager is playing with a smile on his face, which is always good to see.
As a consequence of Joel Ward’s injury following our 0-0 draw with West Brom prior to Christmas, Fosu-Mensah has been thrust into the first-team spotlight; with arguably his best performance for the club so far coming in our 0-0 draw at home to runaway leaders Manchester City on New Year’s Eve. After being selected from the start Tim was excellent throughout, proving to anyone who still had doubts about him that he is more than good enough to play week in week out in the Premier League.
I’m under no illusions about our chances of signing the Dutchman permanently in the summer but it’s great to know that he’s loving life with us for the time being. Long may it continue.