Having made just 18 appearances for Crystal Palace since arriving from Ajax in an £8m, Jairo Riedewald’s potential is being suffocated by Roy Hodgson’s loyalty to the same, underperforming players each week.
According to Turkish outlet Takvim, Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in signing him, although Eddie Howe could get the best out of him if Bournemouth decided to swoop.
Yet to appear in the Premier League for the Eagles this season, the Ajax academy graduate has been limited to just three Carabao Cup starts for Palace and has largely failed to impress.
However, there is definitely a player in their somewhere with a whole load of untapped potential. The Holland international is an excellent reader of the play and a crisp passer to boot – a given really having been schooled in the Ajax academy.
Despite James McArthur’s poor form this season, and Palace’s disappointing form in general, there has been no way in for Riedewald and there doesn’t look to be one coming his way anytime soon.
Well, the Cherries already have a well-balanced midfield with Jefferson Lerma’s ball-winning abilities being coupled with Lewis Cook’s excellent passing and composure. Behind them in the pecking order, however, are Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling, 32 and 28 years of age respectively.
The pair are getting on a bit, and with Riedewald arguably a player of similar ability at just 22 years of age, there is definitely potential which could be unlocked under Howe’s tutelage, just as he has done with someone like Ryan Fraser who has been excellent this season.
Additionally, if the South Coast side manage to keep up their excellent form throughout and beyond the Christmas period, they will need a few more bodies through the door in January to maintain their push for an unlikely Europa League spot.