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Crystal Palace regret denial of loan move for Saka 2.0 Rak-Sakyi

Crystal Palace accept that it was a mistake to not send 19-year-old Jesurun Rak-Sakyi on loan in January, amidst Rangers‘ reported interest.

As per a report from Matt Woosnam of The Athletic, there is regret from the Eagles in not allowing the starlet to gain experience on-loan, with his pathway to the first-team blocked by the likes of Jordan Ayew and Michael Olise.

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In his report, Woosnam said: “For the first time since promotion to the Premier League in 2013, Palace have young players who are in demand, who could feasibly step up to improve the senior squad, or spend time out on loan.

“It is a delicate balance to determine the right course of action. There is an acceptance that it was a mistake not to send the 19-year-old winger Rak-Sakyi out on loan in January.

“He is the Premier League 2 joint top-scorer, but that level is not doing enough for his development any more.”

Saka 2.0

In Premier League 2 this season, Rak-Sakyi – who’s capable of an “impressive display” as per Joy Sports – has had an emphatic campaign that has seen him named as Crystal Palace’s U23 player of the season.

His 18 goals and five assists in 25 Premier League 2 appearances have painted a vein of form that is too good to be ignored by Vieira, with the 19-year-old earning himself a full Premier League debut in the last game of the season against Manchester United, in a move that would appear to bode well for the England U21 starlet going forward.

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Being a left-footer, his inverted approach from the right wing is reminiscent of Bukayo Saka, with his directness and ability to operate flawlessly in the half-space evidence of his technical ability.

Described as a “standout” player by Dan Gibbs, his versatility is another resemblance, with the starlet able to play anywhere across the attack

Due to the lack of game time for the first team, his direct stats are not comparable to Saka’s, though they could have been if Palace had sanctioned his potential loan move to Rangers back in January.

Having registered 23 attacking returns in 25 appearances, it is clear that the 19-year-old is ready to make the step up to senior football.

If Palace can embed the £450k-rated youngster into the first team in the same way that Arsenal did with Saka, we could be looking at yet another English prodigy.

In other news: “Wouldn’t be surprised..“: Woosnam drops big transfer claim, it’s great news for CPFC 

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