England boss Gareth Southgate made the trip to Turf Moor to watch Crystal Palace’s 3-1 victory over Burnley last Saturday, with 21-year-old Three Lions hopeful Aaron Wan-Bissaka putting in another masterful display; amazingly, The Mirror appear to have put two and two together to make five.
Whilst Burnley stopper Tom Heaton is seen as a dead cert for inclusion in the next England squad, Southgate has been widely tipped to bring Wan-Bissaka into the senior set-up for the first time, making The Mirror’s suggestion that he was there solely to cast his eye over Andros Townsend rather baffling.
I’ve read and re-read the attached piece twice more to make sure and at the time of writing this, I can assure you that there is no mention whatsoever in the main body of the piece of Wan-Bissaka’s seemingly imminent selection. Is it seen as that much of a given that they haven’t even seen fit to make reference to it? Or is it just a humungous error on their part? I’ll leave you to decide.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Andros Townsend, his work-rate and consistency have been a huge part of the reason why Palace are practically safe from relegation fears with nine games of the Premier League season left to play but in the current climate, it’s difficult to envisage the former Tottenham man getting a call-up instead of Aaron.
For what it’s worth, if Southgate had held any reservations over Wan-Bissaka’s quality heading into the afternoon, his display against the Clarets is likely to have put the England boss’ mind at rest. Completing seven tackles and grabbing an assist for Michy Batshuayi’s goal, the full-back enjoyed a stellar outing, leaving many of a red and blue persuasion to wonder just how high his ceiling is.
Now, over a year into his professional career, the 21-year-old just seems to be getting better and better, with international football beckoning, how good can he go on to become? I can’t wait to find out.