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Crystal Palace’s two alternatives to Patrick van Aanholt at left-back

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After a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday, you could make a case for any of the Crystal Palace defenders to lose their place in the starting XI – the overall defending was absolutely abysmal.

Having said that, one man who can definitely be deemed as a weak link regardless of the loss to Spurs is Patrick van Aanholt.

The Netherlands international was torn apart by Serge Aurier down the right flank, allowing the Ivorian to deliver cross after cross – one of which Van Aanholt sliced into his own net in embarrassing fashion.

Even before Saturday’s trip to north London, we detailed how the Dutchman needs Jeffrey Schlupp ahead of him to provide defensive security for the former Sunderland man.

Now, after the 29-year-old’s horror show against Spurs – which angered the Palace fans on Twitter – we’ve taken a look at two players who could replace him at left-back…

Tyrick Mitchell 

One option Roy Hodgson has to replace Van Aanholt is academy prospect Tyrick Mitchell, a player who impressed for the first-team in pre-season – one eye-catching tackle from the teenager drew a few comparisons with a certain Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Speaking of Wan-Bissaka, it was Hodgson who gave the now-£50m right-back his chance in the first-team, so the 72-year-old is no stranger to placing his trust in youth.

Jeffrey Schlupp 

As aforesaid, Schlupp can help provide defensive security to Van Aanholt, although the Ghanaian can also play at left-back himself.

It has been a while since Hodgson has used the ex-Premier League winner in the position, having converted him into a left-sided centre-midfielder, but Schlupp offers a bit more solidity and physicality at the back – WhoScored notes that blocking the ball and tackling are some of the 26-year-old’s strengths.

The former England manager seems to trust Schlupp a fair bit, with Hodgson singling him out for praise in the second half of last season.

While it would be a bold move to drop van Aanholt, it would make sense if Hodgson decides to do so – in Schlupp and Mitchell, he certainly has the options before him if he decides to do so.

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