Earlier this week, Everton were reported to be interested and now, Manchester City are said to be tracking 20-year-old Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, following the academy graduate’s startling rise to prominence.
You need only rewind to February of 2018 to think of a time when the name Wan-Bissaka would barely of registered on the radar of any neutral football fan but after a run of close to 20 games in the Palace first-team, it’s fair to say the former winger is forcing people from across the game to sit up and take notice.
Already famed for his outrageously well-timed sliding tackles and general sense of fearlessness when facing up any of the Premier League’s brightest and best, Aaron’s statistics have been forcing people to pay special attention to him all season long. With that in mind, it’s no shock to see news outlets linking him with moves elsewhere ahead of the January window, even though neither he nor the club are likely to consider the feasibility of such a deal at such an early stage in his development.
For all the talk of his startling potential and make no mistake, he could well end up going to the very top, his game is one which remains extremely raw in certain areas, with a need for him to keep his head down and keep working hard for at least another 12 months before being ready to even consider a move to one of the Premier League’s big boys.
In truth, Aaron only needs to look across the changing room to Wilfried Zaha for an example of what can happen when a player leaves his boyhood club before he is truly ready to make the switch. Initially, it may feel as though the sky’s the limit but if things don’t work out as first planed, a player’s fall from grace can be extremely swift. I’m not the sort of supporter who’s desperate to stunt a youngster’s growth by keeping them on the club’s books at all costs but in Aaron’s case, there is no doubt in my mind that talk of a move away from SE25 has come far too early in his career.
I dare say that both he and the club’s academy staff are flattered to see his name linked with a club of Manchester City’s stature but for now, Selhurst Park remains the best place for him to continue to grow as both a footballer and a man.