QUOTES: Manchester United Transfer Talk Isn’t Phasing Wan-Bissaka At All

0 Posted by - March 4, 2019 - News

Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was on sparkling form during his return to the starting XI away at Burnley last weekend, with boss Roy Hodgson adamant that the speculation linking him with Manchester United hasn’t fazed the 21-year-old in the slightest. 

It may be just over a year since the Palace academy graduate made his first-team debut but it hasn’t stopped a wide array of clubs throwing their hat into the ring as potential suitors for him this summer. So far, the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have all declared an interest and now it seems Ole Gunner Solskjær’s Reds have entered the race too. 

As things stand, Palace are far from keen to let one of their crown jewels fly the nest but should one of the above clubs offer £50 million or more, it may prove difficult for the board to stand in Aaron’s way. Whilst I don’t doubt Wan-Bissaka’s ability, there is a danger in him leaving the club too soon in his development as a pro and consequently struggling to adapt to new surroundings. In SE25, the players, coaches and fans all see him like a little brother but the moment you leave for a super-club with a transfer fee as big as his inevitably would be, the pressure to perform is both intense and immediate. 

Clearly, as Roy Hodgson has said, the talk hasn’t stopped him from producing the goods in red and blue and long may that continue. The club really have found a diamond in the youth ranks; it makes you wonder how many more are hiding down there.

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3 Comments

  • Ben March 4, 2019 - 7:22 am Reply

    He had a great game again. Had he played against Man U, I think the score may have been different. Luke Shaw had so much time and space repeatedly down that wing which he wouldn’t have had if Aaron was playing. Not saying we would have won but I think the game would have been a lot closer. An advantage Aaron and his reps have over other players his age is that they don’t have to look far to see what can go wrong if you make the move to early!

  • Gordon March 4, 2019 - 10:57 am Reply

    I also wonder how the Man U result might have been affected if Wan-Bissaka had played. It’s true that Ward had a tough time defensively, but tbf he scored a great goal.
    The argument which suggests that Man U’s interest is because they’re looking to replace their ageing fullbacks sounds reasonable enough, but if we lose Wan-Bissaka, then we are left with an ageing RB who needs replacement. I like Ward who’s been a good servant to the club, and I’d be happy with him as 2nd in line to Wan-Biassaka for another season, but not as 1st choice. Proven fullbacks aren’t cheap and young prospects can be very much hit or miss, so unless we’ve got another one ready to graduate from the academy, we might end up with £40m or more in the bank and a weakness in our otherwise solid defence.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh March 4, 2019 - 12:06 pm Reply

    Ii think there is little evidence AWB would seriously go there. They already have Ashley Young and Dalot at RB for next season. Competition and the fact Utd signed Dalot to become next first choice suggests they won’t shell out on AWB.

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