Crystal Palace fans everywhere are already well aware of the talent we’ve got on our hands in the shape of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the attached piece from Squawka really drills down into what makes the full-back such an eye-opening prospect.
Having made his professional debut less than a year ago, it’s fair to say that Wan-Bissaka’s rise to prominence has been the very definition of meteoric but despite posting some truly insane statistics, it looks as though he’s all set to just continue getting better as time goes by.
Originally given his chance to shine at first-team level thanks to a defensive injury crisis, the youngster hasn’t looked back and is now Hodgson’s established right-back over the dependable and hugely experienced Joel Ward. Tackling wise I have no hesitation in saying that I personally have never seen anyone better with my own eyes. Aaron’s whole approach to that particular side of the game resembles a spider luring their prey into a web before pouncing at the perfect moment; from the stands it’s a true joy to behold.
Much has been made of Wan-Bissaka lacking a little in the attacking third but when you consider that he was converted from a winger into a full-back, we shouldn’t immediately discount his dribbling ability. Yes, his crossing and final ball could still use some work but these are elements which can be tweaked and improved upon from day to day in training, whilst the defensive side of his game is one which is practically unmatched throughout the Premier League.
It’s scary to think that we’re still in the midst of Wan-Bissaka’s first full season as a professional, with plenty of the “Big Six” said to be sniffing around in the hope of landing him this summer. Manchester City are the latest club to be seriously linked with a bid but for now, it’s genuinely difficult to put a price on him from a Palace perspective. Where exactly is Aaron’s ceiling as a defender? Your guess is as good as mine but having only recently signed a long-term contract, the power still rests with Steve Parish and those behind the scenes in SE25.
Long may it continue.