Veteran defender Patrick van Aanholt has become one of the club’s longest-serving players but perhaps it’s time Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish cut his losses once and for all.
We said just earlier this month that the Parish should look to tie him down, but following his latest display against Burnley and with the winter transfer window set to open in just over a month’s time, it may be best for everyone involved if both parties went their separate ways.
Van Aanholt arrived at Selhurst Park from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee in 2017. The Dutchman started his career with local rivals Chelsea before he joined the Black Cats on a permanent basis in 2013.
Former Palace manager Sam Allardyce signed the Netherlands international on a four-and-a-half-year deal after he made 95 appearances for Sunderland.
Since then, he has gone on to become a loyal servant for the club, scoring 14 times and supplying 5 assists, via Transfermarkt.
However, he has found his chances hard to come by under Roy Hodgson so far this season – Van Aanholt has played just four games in the Premier League as he missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury, which required surgery, whilst Tyrick Mitchell has outshone his older teammate in his absence.
But his performances this season so far have arguably done very little to justify his colossal wages, as it’s fair to say that he has struggled for consistency so far this season.
Against Burnley, he lost possession of the ball 12 times and was caught in an offside position as the Eagles came unstuck against the Clarets, as per SofaScore. 90min gave him a low grade of 5/10, claiming he was ‘not particularly threatening going forward himself’ and added a ‘a wayward long-range strike late on summed up a frustrating evening.’
Whilst Hodgson has started to give the £7.2m-rated colossus plenty of chances to impress in recent weeks after Mitchell suffered an injury in training, he hasn’t been particularly convincing as of late, with zero assists in his past four games in all competitions.
In four appearances in the Premier League this season, Van Aanholt is averaging just 1 tackle and 1.3 clearances per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, the 21-year-old is managing 4 tackles and 2.3 clearances on average per game in the Premier League, as per WhoScored.
Let’s face it, Hodgson has a far better long-term solution at left-back in Mitchell, whilst he has also been linked with Reading defender Omar Richards in recent weeks, so it’d be best if the Eagles got rid of Van Aanholt in January.
With Ajax reportedly eyeing a move, it might be best for Parish to pull out of any ongoing discussions with his representatives, unless the contract talks have collapsed already.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi massively let Hodgson down vs Burnley…