A few weeks ago, Crystal Palace’s Dutch full-back was being talked about as a potential transfer target for Italian giants Juventus and on the eve of the new Premier League season, the man himself has spoken, giving comfort to Eagles fans over his state of mind.
Whilst the former Sunderland man is understandably flattered to have been linked with a move to such a prestigious club, he remains fully focussed on the task at hand in SE25, preferring to look upon the links with Juventus as a sign that he is going the right sort of things in red and blue from week to week.
Having been brought in by Sam Allardyce, Patrick and Jeffrey Schlupp were once battling it out for the starting left-back’s slot at Palace but since Roy Hodgson arrived in the Palace dugout, Van Aanholt has been reborn, striking up a scintillating partnership with Wilfried Zaha and becoming a true fans’ favourite in the process.
Always looked upon as an attacking full-back dating back to his time on Chelsea’s books, he went on a genuine goal-scoring tear in the latter stages of the 2017/18 campaign, bagging five times between March and the end of May, including three in consecutive games against Leicester, Stoke and West Brom at the very end of the season.
Now, with our opening game against Fulham just days away, Van Aanholt is the nailed on starter at left-back, giving our starting XI a sense of balance and allowing the man himself to settle quickly into the new campaign, safe in the knowledge that he and Zaha can continue to put defenders on edge for the foreseeable future.
Were Juventus to have made a serious bid for him earlier on in the window we would have been forced to give it serious consideration but now, as the sands of time begin to run out, it looks certain that Pat will be playing his football in red and blue for another year at the very least.