Crystal Palace have finally started committing their players to new contracts, with promising fullback Tyrick Mitchell being the first to be tied down to an extended deal.
The left-back’s original deal at Selhurst Park was set to expire this summer, with Steve Parish risking losing the starlet on a free transfer.
However, confirmation of an extended stay at the club was announced on Tuesday, Mitchell penning a new deal that is set to run until the summer of 2025.
His show of commitment is a huge boost to the Eagles heading into the 2021/22 campaign.
At the age of just 21, the Palace youngster has already shown immense promise on the Premier League stage.
Afforded opportunities at the back end of last term, it is throughout the current season where Mitchell has forged a place in the first-team having made 14 appearances in all competitions for the club.
He will now continue that progression at Selhurst Park, hopefully furthering his immense development.
After all, his improvement in just a short period of time is clear to see with Mitchell already contributing more tackles, interceptions and clearances per game this season compared to last according to WhoScored.
So whilst his decision to remain at Selhurst allows Palace to retain an extremely promising member of their squad, it also allays considerable fears concerning the state of the position going forwards.
Whilst Mitchell’s previous contract was ticking down, fellow left-back Patrick van Aanholt is also edging closer to leaving the club upon the expiry of his own deal.
Should both have departed, that would have seen the Eagles go into the new campaign without a recognised left-back, potentially leading the club into the transfer market in the summer for a new defender.
However, with Mitchell signing an extended deal, any pressing need to buy is considerably reduced, allowing funds to be spent on areas of the squad that are more necessary.
Parish will be delighted to have agreed a new long-term contract with his promising left-back.
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