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Crystal Palace: Jairo Riedewald deserves to keep his place despite Van Aanholt’s return

One is an experienced figure with almost 200 Premier League appearances to his name.

In that time, he has netted 19 goals and recorded 12 assists from left-back, while meriting a potential £14m fee when moving to his current club.

The other is a player who confessed to Roy Hodgson that he didn’t even believe he could play at left-back, and also one who didn’t make a single Premier League appearance last term.

Who are we talking about?

Patrick van Aanholt and Jairo Riedewald.

The latter has been standing in for the former in recent weeks as Van Aanholt nursed a hamstring injury, in which time Riedewald has seen his reputation grow.

The former Ajax man earned the praise of Crystal Palace fans on Twitter for his performances against Watford, Norwich and Arsenal, while his showing against the Gunners raised question marks as to why Hodgson barely used him for months.

There was also a heroic 87th minute block against West Ham with the scoreline at 1-1, which enabled Jordan Ayew to grab a 90th minute winner.

Of course, now that Van Aanholt is back, the former England manager has a dilemma on his hands.

Does he stick with the – as aforesaid – vastly experienced figure at this level, or does he reward the 23-year-old Riedewald for some fine displays in a position he didn’t believe he could play in.

Now, we feel it would be extremely harsh for the 72-year-old to axe the Palace No.44 for Van Aanholt, who has only just returned to training.

Does Jairo Riedewald deserve to keep his place?





Riedewald has had a tough time since being signed from Ajax by Frank de Boer, failing to play a single second of Premier League football between a 3-2 win over Brighton in April 2018 to the 0-0 draw against Watford earlier this season.

It would be a harsh move from Hodgson if he were to say: “Thanks for standing in Jairo, now off you go back to the bench.”

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The Netherlands international has waited a long, long time for this chance and he has admirably grabbed it with both hands, so why should he have to relinquish it?

You can see why Hodgson would bring Van Aanholt back in given his experience and status as a first-team regular, although the Eagles boss must be bold on this occasion and allow Riedewald to maintain his run in the side.

In other news, Cenk Tosun’s arrival has sparked an unfair adjustment from Roy Hodgson…

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