Dutch defensive midfielder Jairo Riedewald hasn’t exactly had the best of times at Crystal Palace since being brought to the club by Frank de Boer at the start of the 2017/18 season but now it looks as though he may have a potential escape route with Turkish giants Besiktas.
The former Ajax man’s representatives are keen to get him away from Selhurst Park after two full seasons spent spinning his wheels and having established a close working relationship with Besiktas thanks to another player they represent (Nicolas Isimat Mirin) being on their books.
Apparently, the Super Lig side aren’t happy with what they’ve seen from Mirin and are keen to cut their losses, with SEG (the organisation that works on behalf of both men) recommending Riedewald as a possible replacement. Obviously, there’s little to go on in terms of first-team appearances of late but Jairo’s pedigree and age should stand him in good stead in the eyes of their officials ahead of a possible switch.
From my own perspective, I feel it’s pertinent to highlight that Riedewald has always looked to be more than good enough on a technical level to flourish in the Premier League, with the game’s physicality and fast pace perhaps the reason he’s failed to successfully adapt from the Eredivisie. Unlike some transfers which leave players as forgotten men who fans are happy to see the back of, Jairo’s possible departure this summer will leave most, myself included, feeling a degree of sadness at potential left unfulfilled.
It was a move that was relatively low risk financially with a possible huge upside if things had planned out differently. That hasn’t proven to be the case but I know I won’t be alone in wishing the Dutchman well if he does indeed move on ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.