Crystal Palace fans might feel outraged that Aaron Wan-Bissaka was excluded first from the England squad and then the list of nominees for the 2018/19 PFA young player of the year award, which Raheem Sterling won, but there are three names that should ease the pain a little bit and prove just how far the Eagles have come in the last few years.
Having won promotion to the Premier League in 2013 via the playoffs, the Selhurst Park outfit surely wouldn’t have guessed that six years later they would still be in the top flight, with a host of quality players on their books and a stadium redevelopment on the way. However, all of the above have come true in what has been a fantastic period for the club.
The fact that Palace even have a player who many argue should have been nominated in a league-wide list for young player of the year is incredible – of course, all credit goes to Wan-Bissaka himself, whose talent will surely take him far in the next decade.
With Wilfried Zaha also likely to be a man in demand this summer, the Eagles have plenty of class at their disposal and are in a fantastic position, particularly in comparison to where they were four years ago, when Sullay Kaikai was named the Eagles’ young player of the year, following Jonny Williams and Joel Ward in scooping the award.
None of the aforementioned trio have exactly gone on to achieve much, with Williams thought of fondly but never quite cutting the mustard, while Ward has lost his place to Wan-Bissaka and Kaikai has struggled to break through to the first team.
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Now, Palace have been able to attract players like Christian Benteke – at the time, the big Belgian was an impressive addition – and Mamadou Sakho, while also securing the signature of the sought-after Max Meyer last summer.
Regardless of where some fans feel that the club should be considering the talent they’ve got, Palace have come a long, long way in the past few years and the future looks bright.