Crystal Palace have had a slow start to their Premier League campaign with just six points collected from their first six outings, and Patrick Vieira will be looking for ways to improve the team before they head off for an international break at the end of the month.
The Eagles are winless in their last three and have a huge clash coming up this weekend with Erik ten Hag’s in form Manchester United side making the trip to South London, so the manager will need to find the inconsistencies in his team to avoid the Red Devils taking advantage of them on home soil.
One player who has been struggling in his position over the season so far is left-back Tyrick Mitchell who despite being a consistent performer last term, has not been able to emulate his form in the current campaign.
The 23-year-old earned himself an England call-up and debut in Gareth Southgate’s three lions team for his outstanding contributions to Palace over last season.
The England manager sang the praises of the young full-back following his performance against Ivory Coast back in March, saying:
“Tyrik is a different profile to our other full-backs, he made some good defensive decisions tonight.
“He’s quick and aggressive to get out to people. He can be really pleased with what he’s done.”
Fast forward to this season and Mitchell has been a shadow of himself on the left flank over the last three games with the player ranking 13th in the squad for player ratings according to SofaScore, with a rating of 6.60, so it could be time for a change.
Despite delivering one assist over his six appearances for Palace, Mitchell has lost the majority of his duels (63%), failed to complete 60% of his dribbles and has lost the ball every four touches so far, something Vieira cannot afford to let happen against Ten Hag’s hungry Man United attackers.
Tayo Adaramola could be now given the opportunity to make a good impression on his manager as it has been hinted by The Athletic’s Crystal Palace reporter Ed Malyon that we could see Mitchell dropped in the future.
Malyon suggested in a matchday Q&A:
“Issues we saw reappear: Mitchell targeted and struggling (Clyne looked more solid to me, and I wonder if Adaramola gets a shot soon?).”
With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Vieira puts his trust in Mitchell due to his experience in the team, or if he will give another player the opportunity to take the reigns in the left-back position in the game ahead and beyond.