Crystal Palace welcomed a new era into south London over the summer following the departure of Roy Hodgson after four stable and pragmatic years, with the arrival of several young and exciting signings marking the shift in approach.
The capital club appointed Patrick Vieira as Hodgson’s successor in the dugout following a lengthy recruitment process, but the French tactician wasted no time in putting his own stamp on the first-team squad.
Acquisitions such as Marc Guehi, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise were ideal fits for his entertaining, possession-orientated style, and they’ve all hit the ground running in the opening weeks of the campaign.
However, it’s a player who was already at Palace prior to the plethora of changes who has arguably given the club’s supporters the most reasons to be cheerful during Vieira’s short reign and beyond.
Tyrick Mitchell rose through the ranks at his boyhood club before being handed his first-team debut by Hodgson back in July 2020 during Project Restart.
Since then, the 22-year-old has gone on to make 34 appearances for the Eagles in all competitions and has now established himself as Palace’s first-choice left-back following the departure of Patrick van Aanholt.
The left-back has excelled in his defensive duties in the early stages of his career, averaging a whopping 3.4 tackles per league game last term – the highest tally amongst his teammates, as per WhoScored.
And now Mitchell is also adding an attacking threat to his game under the tutelage of Vieira, becoming a much more complete modern-day full-back in the process.
As per fbref.com, the youngster has already doubled his number of key passes from last season, hitting six in his ten outings, is now producing one shot-creating action per 90 – up from 0.47 and is now carrying the ball into the final third of this pitch on 1.67 occasions per 90 compared to 0.47 in 2020/21.
His outstanding contributions at both ends of the pitch has seen Mitchell’s market value rise to £10.8m, illustrating how Palace appears to have struck gold over the £28,000-per-week academy graduate.