It seemed a sensible decision by Crystal Palace to allow a 30-year-old Patrick van Aanholt to leave for nothing but after impressing for the Netherlands at the Euros, that decision may come back to haunt them according to Carlton Palmer.
Van Aanholt has often divided opinions during his time at Selhurst Park with his mistakes and inability to defend effectively, often being overlooked because of how good he was going for, which makes it no surprise that he has been such a force at the Netherlands as a left wing-back.
The Dutchman is set to be a free agent this summer after Palace failed to offer him a competitive new deal and with reported interest from Arsenal, it would appear unlikely that managerless Palace could match whatever the Gunners will offer him.
After arriving during Sam Allardyce’s tenure, after the manager worked with him at Sunderland, Van Aanholt became a regular making 134 appearances for the Eagles but they may have caused their own problem by not offering him a good enough deal before the Euros and Palmer spoke extensively about this issue to Football FanCast:
“I think he’s having a good Euros and the problem they’ve got now is that it’s going to be very hard for them to re-sign him.
“Clubs will be looking at him and knowing he’s available for little or no money so they can afford to pay his wages. So it’s a problem for Crystal Palace now.”
Van Aanholt has been a mainstay in the Netherlands side which won all three of their group games and looked incredibly effective going forward with the pace they both moved the ball and progressed into the final third.
Frank de Boer was heavily criticised for his decision to play with three centre backs but their two wing-backs, Van Aanholt and Denzel Dumfries have arguably been their most influential players at both ends of the pitch.