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Crystal Palace flop Jairo Riedewald could be set for a move to the Bundesliga, with newcomers Paderborn reportedly interested in signing him before the transfer deadline.
Well, the Dutchman arrived at Selhurst Park from Eredivisie giants Ajax in a £7.9m deal back in 2017, where he was signed by former boss Frank de Boer.
However, Riedewald has fallen well out of favour under that man’s replacement in Roy Hodgson, making just two appearances so far in 2019 with both of those coming in the cup competitions.
The 22-year-old central midfielder recently played in the unfamiliar position of left-back against Colchester, where the Eagles lost on penalties to the League Two side – Riedewald had only previously played there at times for Ajax and for Palace occasionally.
As aforementioned, Riedewald had to be deployed at left-back against Colchester because Patrick van Aanholt was out with an injury issue, with Hodgson saying that he felt ‘sorry’ for the Dutchman because he had to be played in the position.
Hodgson said that the switch was made due to a lack of cover at left-back with van Aanholt and right-back Joel Ward – who can play at left-back – both missing, although surely the situation is about to get a lot more bleak with Riedewald set to be allowed to leave.
Luckily for the Eagles, the mini-injury crisis happened to come in a Carabao Cup game, which is of much less significance in comparison to a league game.
However, if the same situation arose in the Premier League and Riedewald is no longer there to cover, who on earth will Hodgson turn to at left-back?
It goes without saying that Riedewald is a squad player at best, but if there is already such a lack of depth in the Palace squad, weakening the side further by sanctioning this exit doesn’t seem like the smartest move.