Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been a genuine revelation since making his debut for Palace in the latter stages of last season and now it looks as though the young full-back is on the verge of earning a first ever senior England call-up.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has been to watch the Eagles’ academy graduate three times in the last month and is keen to fast-track him into the senior side despite the wealth of talent already at his disposal on the right-hand side of defence, thanks to the outrageous potential within his game.
Given the fact that Aaron is also eligible to represent DR Congo, having played for them at youth levels, former Palace defender Southgate is no doubt keen to ensure that England don’t drop the ball as they did with Wilfried Zaha a few years back. In truth, the quality of Wan-Bissaka’s performances in red and blue have made him impossible for anyone to ignore so far, with his tackling statistics the best across the entire Premier League; a fact which leaves me wondering just how high his ceiling is.
When you consider that Aaron is still less than a year in to his professional career, having made his first-team debut on the 25th of February 2018, it really has been the definition of a meteoric rise. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in questioning whether or not his displays were the product of a hot streak last season but after seeing him back it up this term with a string of absolutely outstanding individual performances, there’s no doubt in my mind that the lad is the real deal.
Should he be given the chance to impress with England, I’m sure he’ll take it in his stride, prompting me to wonder if Palace’s academy have been responsible for cultivating the first-choice England right-back for the next decade. I can’t see anyone better suited to the role in all honesty.