Crystal Palace held on for a respectable point against Everton, who dismantled Manchester United last time out, at Selhurst Park on Saturday and in no small part thanks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who registered another world-class performance at right-back.
The Englishman’s athletic displays in defence have earned him a number of admirers all over Europe, including the aforementioned Red Devils, who are surely keen to replace Antonio Valencia this summer.
Showcasing intelligence beyond his years in his ability to read his opponents’ minds before swooping in for a crunching slide tackle, the 21-year-old has even stolen Wilfried Zaha’s limelight at SE25 since making his debut in February last year. However some feel that, with just two assists to his name this campaign, the number 29 doesn’t offer enough on the front foot to make a big impact at one of the top clubs:
I’d actually rather have Meunier tbh. We need some experience in defence and he’s much better going forward than Wan-Bissaka.
— Marc Seymour (@mseymour84) April 24, 2019
Not sure about Siggi, but Wan-Bissaka 100% just need him to improve his forward play. Agreed, Lamela, Vorm, Trippier should all shift to help improve our wage structure and get @AlderweireldTob to sign the god damn thing ?
— WhiteHartHarry (@WhiteHartHarry) April 23, 2019
Dalot needs a lot of work defensively, unsure about Wan-Bissaka going forward. Could be great if they could learn from one another, but needs careful man-management to keep that difference/competition productive. Especially at this age, new to the club, with heavy media scrutiny
— PK (@pk_185) April 23, 2019
Digne is average defensively but good going forward. Wan-Bissaka is great defensively, but average going forward.
— Dad’s Favorite Child (@KrisFooty) April 25, 2019
Watching Newcastle vs Palace and very noticeable just how confident Wan-Bissaka is on the ball. Excellent defensively and decent going forward but room for improvement. Should be United’s first choice for right back in the summer
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) April 6, 2019
The former winger completed a match-high seven dribbles – more than the talismanic Zaha, who is renowned for his ability to take players on – while also remaining typically solid in defence, completing four interceptions and seven clearances.
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Of course though, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold chalking up an incredible nine assists this term, Wan-Bissaka’s impact in the final third is often overlooked. Perhaps his dynamic display on Saturday will help to convince some of his doubters wrong.