He arrived at Selhurst Park with high hopes of a glittering Premier League career under the guidance of former Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer but two years on Jairo Riedewald has seen his progress stall, prompting a potential move to the Bundesliga.
The Dutchman, who is capable of playing in both defence and midfield when necessary, has always looked to have the technical ability to flourish in the English top flight, without ever really displaying the sort of physical presence required to impose his authority on opponents. Whether that’s a personal choice of Jairo’s or a genuine limitation in his physique, it’s clear that he is not a part of Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Still just 22, Jairo has a league title and three full caps for the Netherlands to his name which in truth explains why German side Paderborn are keen to take him ahead of today’s deadline. According to German football publication Kicker, the deal is likely to be a loan initially, with the potential for a permanent switch further down the line if all parties are keen.
Jairo’s current deal at Selhurst Park won’t expire until 2022 but with his wages going to no use as things stand, any deal which trims our outgoings ahead of the January window will likely be welcomed by everyone behind the scenes.
Germany’s transfer deadline will pass at 5pm today.