Crystal Palace came from behind to record a stunning victory over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles’ usual suspects, Wilfried Zaha – who bagged the all-important equaliser – and Eberechi Eze – who assisted him, were at the centre of it all but an unsung hero may have emerged from the shadows with a masterclass to deliver Roy Hodgson’s second win since March.
That player being Tyrick Mitchell.
The 21-year-old defender clinched his first senior goal for the club, bagging the winner in the 84th minute. Mitchell was in the perfect place at the right time as he bundled home a fluffed cross from Eze.
But the young left-back delivered so much more than the winner on the day.
As per SofaScore, he was graded as Palace’s best performer, with a rating of 8.4 – by comparison, this was better than both Zaha (7.8) and Eze (7.4), so he certainly deserves just as many plaudits.
He was amongst Hodgson’s most influential players, recording 51 touches over the 90 minutes, and that resulted in superb contributions at either end of the pitch.
Defensively, he was industrious, registering four clearances, two blocks and one tackle whilst he also won 100% of his battles, both in the air and on the ground, meaning the threat on offer from Bertrand Traore, and then Anwar El Ghazi was nullified throughout.
Further up the pitch, Mitchell made two crosses, which would have delighted target man striker Christian Benteke. In fact, he bagged the first equaliser as a result of a great ball in from wide.
He also produced one key pass and one dribble, proving to be a nuisance to Villa’s defence and Ahmed Elmohamady, in particular.
Palace reporter Joe Doyle at football.london was equally glowing of his performance in their post-match column.
“Pushed higher up more often with Schlupp offering a level of protection on the occasions he could move forward. Played in a great ball for Benteke to get an equaliser after the half hour,” he wrote. “A good shift throughout, getting forward more and more, and was in the right place at the right time to grab the winner.”
Mitchell, who is valued at €10m (£9m), put in a stormer of a performance at Selhurst Park and was certainly an unsung hero for Hodgson.