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One winner and one loser if Crystal Palace sell Patrick van Aanholt

According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace have rejected PSV’s initial offer for Patrick van Aanholt.

But having reportedly valued him at £9m, it seems Palace would be prepared to part with the Dutchman if the right offer came their way.

With that in mind, we look at one winner and one loser from van Aanholt departing before Friday’s deadline…

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Winner: Jairo Riedewald

Even though he is not a natural left-back, Riedewald has been the recent beneficiary of van Aanholt’s latest injury – starting the last five Premier League clashes at No.3.

With the 29-year-old possibly leaving the club to return to PSV and Palace rather depleted in that area of the field, Riedewald could potentially cement the left-back position as his own and finally get some real match-time under his belt – since joining in summer 2017, he’s only actually made 29 appearances for the Eagles.

There’s also Jeffrey Schlupp who has played at left-back before, but he’s currently sidelined with injury so it’s definitely Riedewald’s position to lose if van Aanholt goes.

Loser: Wilfried Zaha

Zaha was Crystal Palace’s main man in 2018/19, scoring and assisting a total of ten goals throughout the campaign. But his numbers have taken a slight dip in the ongoing season as he can only boast three goals and four assists so far in the Premier League.

But Zaha and van Aanholt have always had a strong connection on the pitch and tellingly, only three current Palace players have more joint-goal participations with Zaha than the Dutch left-back – Luka Milivojevic with nine, Andros Townsend with eight and Christian Benteke with seven as opposed to Van Aanholt’s five.

Van Aanholt’s willingness to get forward gives Zaha license to naturally drift inside, so breaking that connection might well see the winger struggle even more during the second half of the campaign.

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