He’s tasted defeat in four of his first five games as a professional but Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made a gigantic impression on the football watching public since making his bow in the Palace first-team against Tottenham back in February.
20-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka since his Premier League debut for @CPFC:
9 dribbles won
18 tackles won
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) March 31, 2018
Originally thrown in by Roy Hodgson thanks to a defensive injury crisis, the 20-year-old has made such an impression at Selhurst Park that Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks unlikely to win his place back before the season comes to a close in May.
Whilst yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool was arguably Aaron’s least impressive display in red and blue, his general play over the course of the 90 minutes was more than passable for an academy graduate who is still taking his first tentative steps in the professional game.
Having been converted from a winger into a full-back, the enthusiasm with which Wan-Bissaka flies into tackles is something to be admired, particularly when you consider the quality of the opposition he’s been up against in the opening weeks of his career. It would have been easy for fear to get the better of him when faced with the likes of Sanchez, Eriksen, Hazard and Salah but instead, he appears to have taken every hurdle in his stride.
The above statistics point towards Aaron having a long-term opportunity to make waves at the top of the English game having been practically unknown to anyone outside of our academy bubble at the start of 2018. Of course, with Roy Hodgson and the squad still scrapping for every point in the battle to avoid relegation, there is a chance we may be plying our trade in the second tier next season but even if we are, you would assume Wan-Bissaka will remain on our books; which in the eyes of the Selhurst faithful is undoubtedly a major plus point.