20-year-old full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka may have been sent off during Crystal Palace’s 2-0 home defeat against Liverpool last night but it hasn’t stopped swathes of viewers across social media declaring their admiration for him.
It’s hard to believe that last night’s game was just Aaron’s ninth as a professional such has been the meteoric nature of his rise to stardom since making his debut for the Eagles back in February. Despite being thrown into the deep end by Roy Hodgson as a direct response to a defensive injury crisis, the winger-turned-full-back has coped remarkably well, seemingly improving every time he steps onto the field.
Last night’s sending off may have put a dampener on the occasion for him personally but the standing ovation he received from the Palace faithful should be looked upon as a sign of the immense impact he’s made in his first few months as part of the first-team set-up.
At one point in last night’s game, Wan-Bissaka lost possession on the edge of the Liverpool box before turning and sprinting some 70 yards to atone for his mistake, putting in a tremendous sliding challenge to win the ball back at the other end of the field. It was only one incident in an action-packed display but for me, it summed up what he has brought to the side since making his first appearance in the professional ranks.
When you consider that Aaron’s incredible start to life in the Premier League has coincided with games against Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool (twice) in his first nine appearances, it’s difficult not to get a tad excited about where his upper-ceiling is. Of course, we need to guard against over-hyping a player who is still so fresh but with displays like those he’s put in to date, it’ll take some effort not to let enthusiasm overtake any feelings of trepidation over his potential for further improvement.
You need only look at the selection of tweets attached below to see the impact he’s having on the wider football watching public.
That red card really shouldn't take much – if anything at all – away from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's performance.
He was outstanding against Fulham last weekend, and he was impressive again tonight – and duly deserved his standing ovation.
He's been a tremendous find for Palace. pic.twitter.com/fQa1nV5Pc8
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 20, 2018
Red card or not, Wan-Bissaka is brilliant.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) August 20, 2018
Wan-Bissaka is mature beyond his years. Class on the pitch, and willing to take one for the team.
— ¹⁰ (@ClinicaIEden) August 20, 2018
Mane has a serious job on his hands trying to beat Wan-Bissaka on the outside. Think he's one of the most difficult RB's in the division to beat.
— Socanalysis (@SocanalysisHQ) August 20, 2018
Wan-Bissaka looks a serious talent!
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 20, 2018
Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Liverpool
1 key pass
4 dribbles won
3 tackles won
2 aerials won
Absolutely brilliant until the red card. Some great performances last season, superb against Fulham last week. Bright future. pic.twitter.com/5OehSmxE6X
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) August 20, 2018
Aaron Wan-Bissaka completed 4 dribbles in the first half vs. Liverpool, no player on the pitch managed more.
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 20, 2018
Wan-Bissaka > Alexander-Arnold.
Don't @ me. pic.twitter.com/pMhwDYUlS9
— 888sport (@888sport) August 20, 2018
Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks a real talent for #CPFC. Remarkable that 18 months ago, he had never played in defence.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 20, 2018
Wan-Bissaka is too good for Palace already.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) August 20, 2018