England boss Gareth Southgate is facing a true dilemma over the future of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the Three Lions’ two Match international fixtures.
The 21-year-old has made an almighty splash in the professional game since making his first-team debut for the Eagles last season and now, many are calling on the England boss to bring him into the full international set-up at the earliest opportunity. Whilst Southgate is understandably excited by the huge potential Aaron has shown, it’s thought that he’s reluctant to name four right-backs in the same squad, meaning one of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier or Trent Alexander-Arnold would have to miss out for Wan-Bissaka to get the nod.
The biased side of my personality would suggest that Aaron has outperformed all three of those players defensively over the last 12 months and is more than deserving of a chance to shine on the international stage but given the clubs they play for, I won’t be holding my breath over his potential inclusion. I don’t necessarily think it’s a case of England managers being star-struck by players who represent the bigger clubs, more than an act of self-preservation, given the regularity with which they call up players from their squads year after year. Does it make it right? Of course not but that’s the footballing landscape in 2019.
Aaron’s eligibility for DR Congo muddies the waters further with the African nation thought to be working hard to convince the full-back to represent them instead of England. Palace have previously been through a very similar scenario with Wilfried Zaha and the Ivory Coast but surely, Southgate and co. won’t drop the ball again on this one?
As someone who has watched him week in, week out since he made his first-team breakthrough, I have no hesitation in saying that the hype surrounding Wan-Bissaka is totally justified. If interest in him from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund isn’t enough to convince Southgate to give him a go I don’t know what will be.