Tyrick Mitchell sent Roy Hodgson a timely reminder as Crystal Palace crushed Premier League strugglers Sheffield United in a 2-0 at Selhurst Park thanks in part to a sublime solo effort from influential substitute Eberechi Eze.
Hodgson’s side have suffered dire home defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Newcastle this season thus far, but they completely dismantled Chris Wilder’s side, who looked like a shadow of their former selves.
The Palace boss generally plays a gritty, compact and defensively sound brand of football, although they have had their fair share of problems over the past couple of months, but Hodgson will be particularly delighted with the performance of Mitchell, who has seamlessly transitioned into the first team after he burst onto the scene towards the latter stages of last season.
Mitchell has had to bide his time after Patrick van Aanholt recovered from injury with his eighth start of the season coming in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City, but he kept his place in the starting line-up and delivered with great aplomb.
He barely allowed United trio David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset or one-time Palace target Rhian Brewster any breathing room at all as he started ahead of Van Aanholt for the second time in as many games.
The 21-year-old was often called into action on the left flank as the Blades sought to hit back on the counter, only to be denied by the outstretched boot of Mitchell on several occasions.
As per SofaScore, the London-born £4.5m-rated full-back was given a decent grade of 7/10 despite losing possession on 28 occasions, as he made three tackles, one clearance and blocked one shot, whilst he provided five accurate long balls from eight attempts and didn’t commit a single foul throughout the entire game.
He also took 92 touches of the ball, which is more than James McArthur managed in the midfield, and clearly made the most of the possession as he produced one accurate cross from two attempts and 35 passes from 52 attempts, via SofaScore.
Palace moved a point clear of Arsenal in the table, for the time being at least, which will no doubt give Hodgson a huge boost of confidence ahead of the FA Cup trip to Wolves next week.
Hodgson will have been secretly pleased with his impressive performance, especially when you consider the fact that talks between Van Aanholt’s representatives and the club have reportedly broken down behind the scenes.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace winger Eberechi Eze stole the show vs Sheffield United…