Crystal Palace might have lost to Brighton at the weekend but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of few players in red and blue who can comfortably say that they put in a brilliant performance.
The youngster has been sensational all season and his stellar showing continued to attract interest from some of the European big boys – Palace have a £40m plus player on their hands but they may not for much longer. It may not matter, though, as they could have their next big talent coming through the ranks in Brandon Aveiro.
The 17-year-old starlet, in focus in the match-day programme on Saturday, only signed his first professional deal in October but is already establishing himself as an exciting prospect. The week after he put pen to paper, the attacker netted a hat-trick against Watford and on Saturday he proved that wasn’t a fluke as he fired four past Birmingham.
Having been at Palace since he was eight, the teenager has become an Eagles fan and is surely keen to get into the first team as soon as possible. He has already taken big strides by being included in the Under-23s and that bodes well for his future.
Aveiro enjoys picking up the ball and driving at the opposition, beating players and teeing up a teammate or notching himself. His playing style might remind some of Wilfried Zaha, but the real comparison to be drawn here is with Wan-Bissaka.
It might have taken a plethora of first team injuries to provide 21-year-old Wan-Bissaka with his debut but the number 29 hasn’t looked back since and he is now a key player for the Eagles.
However, one thing Palace don’t have in surplus is clinical forwards – Michy Batshuayi is surely unlikely to remain at SE25 beyond the 18/19 campaign, while Christian Benteke and co are far from good enough.
The chances, therefore, may come far quicker for Aveiro than they did for Wan-Bissaka, who spent years as a winger before being converted to a right-back in 2017.
Another Palace hero in the making?