Crystal Palace have enjoyed an impressive first campaign under the reign of Patrick Vieira, with the Eagles currently 14th, although they do have at least one game in hand on numerous sides nearby in mid-table.
After having had, for the most part, an ageing squad under Roy Hodgson, Palace have seen youngsters impress for the south London outfit, with 22-year-old left-back Tyrick Mitchell particularly enjoying his campaign.
Having started all 32 Premier League matches for his side this season, the Eagles academy graduate has made serious progress this term, with the undoubted highlight his senior England debut last month.
Mitchell did start and finish last season as Hodgson’s preferred choice, making a total of 19 Premier League appearances, however, this campaign has seen the left-back ensure his place as Vieira’s preference on the left-hand side of the defence.
As a result, the Englishman’s market value has shot up.
Over the course of last season, the left-back’s market value didn’t change from £4.5m until June, when it slightly increased to £6.3m after the youngster’s breakthrough season.
Since then though, Palace have reaped the rewards of giving the 22-year-old an opportunity, with his valuation almost doubling within four months, rising to £10.8m by early October.
It then rose again slightly at Christmas to £12.6m and then, once Mitchell had established himself as an England international, the Englishman saw his value rise to it’s current standing of £15.3m.
Having come through the academy, the left-back has already proven to be worth the gamble by Palace when he was a youngster, with the Eagles now set to eventually make a serious profit on the homegrown talent.
Of course, the Selhurst Park faithful won’t want to hear their left-back’s name linked with potential moves away just yet, however, similarities can certainly be drawn between the careers of both Mitchell and former Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The right-back came through the youth system and Crystal Palace before establishing himself as an exciting defender known for his tackling ability, making 35 league appearances during the 2018/19 campaign.
Prior to that season, the now-24-year-old had made just seven appearances for the first-team
Like Wan Bissaka, the 22-year-old is a full-back who prides himself on his defensive ability, as opposed to forward play, contributing to nine clean sheets this term as well as averaging three tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.4 clearances a game.
Moreover, the £25k-per-week left-back makes 68.3 touches a match whilst winning an impressive 60% of his duels.
What’s also impressive is the fact that Mitchell has picked up just one yellow card in 32 matches as a defender.
The future certainly looks bright for the Englishman labelled “fantastic” by his U23s coach Richard Shaw, with chairman Steve Parish striking gold with the left-back.