Earlier this month, we wrote about one of Crystal Palace’s worst missed chances in the club’s history in the form of Ferland Mendy, but it’s about time we looked at one of the smartest sales Steve Parish has ever sanctioned.
Back in 2019, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of the hottest properties in the Premier League, he’d just been named the Palace Player of the Year and had become known for being the most effective defender in Europe.
Wan-Bissaka registered four assists for the Eagles overall as well, which made him a wanted man in the summer, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly competing for his signature.
Palace weren’t able to fend off interest from the Premier League giants, with the Red Devils winning the race to sign him for £45m plus £5m in add-ons on a five-year-deal, via Sky Sports.
Unfortunately, things haven’t perhaps quite panned out how Wan-Bissaka or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have imagined when he first arrived at Old Trafford. The 22-year-old performed admirably enough, picking up four assists in the Premier League last season, whilst he averaged 3.7 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game, via WhoScored, but Solskjaer’s side still finished 33 points adrift of league champions Liverpool, whilst they conceded more goals than their arch-rivals too.
It’s arguably been more of the same so far this season, although United have struggled for consistency, as they lost to Palace in a thrilling 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September, before being beaten by Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League. His market value has actually decreased over time, as he is currently valued at £36m via Transfermarkt.
The Eagles got rid of the academy graduate at the perfect time, they cashed in him and bought a much-needed striker in Jordan Ayew instead, signing now-first team regular starters James McCarthy and Gary Cahill as well.
Once hailed as a “fantastic” defensive right-back by Gary Neville, Wan-Bissaka is one of the best players to break into the first team from the academy ranks, but Palace can be happy with the fact that they didn’t hold onto him for much longer than they needed to, especially when you consider the fact they recently signed Nathan Ferguson and Nathaniel Clyne.
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