Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter following the 1-1 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road, and some of them were left impressed by Jairo Riedewald’s performance.
The former Ajax man – who joined from the Eredivisie giants in a deal worth £7.9m back in 2017 – was only playing against the Canaries as Patrick van Aanholt was missing with a hamstring injury which also ruled him out against Southampton, although Roy Hodgson’s side didn’t miss the left-back too much thanks to Riedewald.
Having played the full 90 minutes, the 23-year-old – who can also play at centre-back or in midfield – had one shot and made one key pass, while he also could’ve scored when one-on-one with Tim Krul, only to square the ball instead and see it cut out.
The Netherlands international was also quite tidy on the ball, making 60 passes – the second-most of any player behind Luka Milivojevic’s 64 – with a completion rate of 81.7%, while he also saw three of his five attempted long balls find a teammate.
It was a tidy performance from the man who failed to make a single Premier League appearance last season, and Riedewald’s showing in Norfolk on New Year’s Day has seemingly left these Palace fans on Twitter impressed.
One more point I think I’ll make for this evening, PVAs injury seems to have showed up at a time when Jairo is really going for it. Played some lovely intricate little stuff today and attacks quite well, didn’t do too bad defending either. #CPFC pic.twitter.com/jq3HsSZ0Tc
— Michael (@M_CPFC) January 1, 2020
This fan said that Van Aanholt’s injury has come at a time where Riedewald “is really going for it” before adding that the Dutchman played some “lovely” and “intricate” football against the Canaries.
Knew there was talent in this fella just had to find his right position. Hopefully he gets more game time. Defensively more solid
— Perry Ableman (@perry_j_ableman) January 1, 2020
Another supporter named Perry said that they “knew there was talent” in Riedewald, and that he only needed to find his right position.
He’s a proper player, thought he did well at Southampton too
— Stephanie Fuller 🏌️♀️⛳️ (@IndigoSteph) January 1, 2020
Elsewhere, this fan named Stephanie called the Ajax academy graduate a “proper player” before going on to mention that he also did well against Southampton recently – it really does seem as if Riedewald is stepping up and taking his chance.
Once PvA’s back, Jairo has to take McCarthy’s place as a midfield option. He’s up there with Luka and Sakho in terms of his ability to pass the ball forward. Certified baller
— Talk Crystal Palace (@TalkCPFC) January 2, 2020
Also, Jairo is playing at LB and controlling the attacks. On the ball he is Europe quality and it’s criminal that he was left in the reserves for 2 years.
— george (@ghlcp) January 1, 2020
Jairo is very very good on the ball. With the right coaching and a good run of games I think he can really solidify that position https://t.co/dIPGCtTcY5
— Liam© (@liamb0117) January 1, 2020
Furthermore, these three fans felt that Riedewald’s quality on the ball was a worthy talking point.
This trio of supporters rounded off the adoration over the Palace No.44 by each piling praise on the player, with the first of the bunch saying that Riedewald “has to take” James McCarthy’s place in the team when Van Aanholt is back, before mentioning that he’s up there with Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic in terms of his ability to pass the ball forward – high praise indeed.
Additionally, another fan named George said that the man who shone against Norwich is “Europe quality” on the ball, and also said that it’s “criminal” that Riedewald was left in the reserves for years following Frank de Boer’s exit.
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Lastly, a supporter named Liam thinks that the left-back position could be solidified by the Dutchman, with the right coaching and a good run of games.
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