The Chalkboard: Jairo Riedewald failed to take rare opportunity to shine against Grimsby

Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald failed to take a rare opportunity to shine for the club in their FA Cup third round tie against Grimsby, which they made particularly hard work of.

What’s the word, then?

The Dutch international is yet to start a Premier League game for the Eagles this season, with just three League Cup games and the match against League Two Grimsby coming as his only involvements from the first whistle this season.

He was originally signed from Ajax by the Dutch club’s former manager Frank de Boer, but after the current Atlanta boss was sacked after just four league games, Riedewald was stuck in south London and left to play under a coach in Roy Hodgson who wasn’t interested in the player’s skillset.

The 22-year-old made just four league appearances in his debut season in England, and he is in serious danger of seeing his career at Selhurst Park cut short if he does not buck up his performances in red and blue.

How did he do against Grimsby?

You would expect Riedewald to be able to control the midfield quite simply against a team of Grimsby’s quality, but he failed to do that, even though the League Two side had a man sent off just minutes into the game.

He was withdrawn midway through the second half with the scoreline goalless, and with Palace looking unable to break down the visitors, Hodgson clearly didn’t trust the former Ajax man to weather the storm and force the issue as his side searched for a goal.

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That goal did in fact come in the 86th-minute, once Riedewald had been withdrawn from the field. That isn’t to say that the Eagles’ struggles were entirely down to him, but Palace looked significantly more dangerous once he had departed the pitch.

Riedewald is still young, and Palace could still quite easily make their £7m back on the player, so he seriously needs to step his game up when these types of chances come his way, or he will be heading for the exit door in the near future.

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