Crystal Palace U23 boss Richard Shaw has admitted that the group’s latest trialist Kyron Stabana did enough in the recent game against Huddersfield to warrant the club taking a closer look at him in the next week or so.
Having represented England at U17 level, there were high hopes for Kyron at his former club Derby County but for whatever reason, the club recently chose to release him, freeing up Palace to bring him in and see whether or not they believe he’s got what it takes to make it.
Loan spells with Boston United and Tamworth hadn’t led to much for the right-back, nor his recent trial with Championship outfit Barnsley but in Richard Shaw, Stabana appears to have found a coach who is ready and willing to offer him space to shine. Admittedly there are no guarantees in the world of professional football but after replacing Joel Ward at half-time against the Terriers it seems as though he made an overwhelming positive impression.
It’s easy as football fans to focus solely on the successes and failures of the first-team but at U23 level, Shaw has been forced to contend with a number of injuries too. Factor in the loss of players like Luke Dreher and Nya Kirby alongside Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s promotion to Roy Hodgson’s starting XI and it’s not hard to see why the former Eagles defender is scouring the market for extra bodies.
Whilst Aaron’s recent high-profile jump into first-team life has made headlines and James Daly’s inclusion on the bench against Bournemouth excited many, both players have been brought into the squad thanks to a wide-ranging injury crisis. The key after that, as Wan-Bissaka is learned, is to make such a positive impression that the thought of dropping you would be met with bafflement from the thousands of fans watching on.
Let’s hope Stabana and his new teammates have drawn inspiration from the boss dipping into the U23 side for bodies, even if it was a decision born out of necessity rather than choice.