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Crystal Palace youngster Tayo Adaramola in line for Premier League debut

Crystal Palace youngster Tayo Adaramola looks set to make his Premier League debut before the end of the season, with the Eagles having just three matches left to play.

What’s the news?

As per football.london, Palace manager Patrick Vieira is set to hand the 18-year-old left-back his Premier League bow before the end of the campaign, having impressed for both the Eagles’ under-18 and under-23 sides, whilst winger Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has also been training with the first team ahead of a potential opportunity.

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Vieira said: “I think [this] is important as it is part of their development. It’s good to see them around the first team and to see their personality and how they conduct themselves in training and in the dressing room with the other players. That will allow me to learn more about them.

“We have Jes and Tayo with us who have been training with us since the academy has been closed. They will be around the first team for the next three games and for some of the games they will be on the field. We need to create those kinds of opportunities to see how they will react under pressure.

“Jes and Tayo show that they can play in our team and in the Premier League, it’s just about having the right players around them to support what they are missing. The balance has to be right to allow them to play with confidence and belief.”

Imagine him and Guehi

Having made his first-team debut off the bench in the FA Cup victory over Hartlepool United before playing 65 minutes against Stoke City in the following round, this season has been a breakthrough one for Adaramola.

Claimed by Vieira to be “full of energy”, the 18-year-old Irishman has racked up five appearances in the Under-18 Premier League whilst also playing twice in the FA Youth Cup, but it has been in the under-23s where the youngster has really impressed, with 16 appearances in Premier League 2. [Transfermarkt]

Having seen Tyrick Mitchell come through the ranks and establish himself as a first-team regular whilst also being handed his senior England debut, Adaramola can take plenty of confidence that with hard work he can follow the Palace left-back’s footsteps.

Moreover, Vieira could certainly do with the extra depth at left-back, with Mitchell the only natural option in that role, whilst on the right the likes of Nathaniel Clyne (31) and Joel Ward (32) are starting to approach the latter years of their respective careers.

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The Frenchman has integrated a youthful identity into his defence, with centre-back Marc Guehi particularly emphasising that claim by seriously impressing in his first season at Selhurst Park, and he could also prove to be an excellent mentor for the Irishman.

Therefore, with the south Londoners safe from relegation, now is the perfect opportunity to integrate Adaramola into the first team and hand him his Premier League debut.

If the 18-year-old can take his chance and establish himself in the first team like Guehi and Mitchell, he might save Palace the need to go out and spend millions on reinforcements in the transfer market.

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