Last week, we saw reports emerge to suggest that Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Jairo Riedewald could well be on his way to Turkey and now it seems things have moved along a step or two.
The Dutchman was a player seen as being full of potential when he arrived in SE25 as part of Frank de Boer’s Orange Revolution; sadly for both he and our now former gaffer, it was a managerial reign which lasted just four games, leaving Jairo no doubt feeling as though he’d made a rather major error in moving away from Ajax.
Despite flashes of technical ability, he’s seldom been given many first-team minutes since, with questions being raised as to whether or not his physique and overall style is suited to the fast-paced, rough and tumble environment of the Premier League. Were Roy Hodgson not under such pressure to produce positive results from week to week, you may find that he would look to help Riedewald adapt to the demands of a different footballing culture but with every move the gaffer makes placed under scrutiny, I can’t blame him for using players like Milivojevic, McArthur and Kouyate with far greater regularity.
Jairo’s rumoured move to Besiktas is likely to only be a loan at first, with both the clubs and no doubt the player himself hoping that he becomes something of a hit in the Super Lig. I don’t doubt that in the right circumstances, Riedewald could become a real force but as time has drifted by, it’s become clear that he’s unlikely to ever do so whilst playing in red and blue.