Upon Patrick van Aanholt’s return to full fitness, Roy Hodgson immediately dropped Jairo Riedewald – a man who had performed well in the left-back’s absence having previously been a bit-part player.
The former Ajax man failed to make a Premier League appearance under Hodgson last season, but was thrown in at the deep end when Van Aanholt succumbed to injury.
In his few outings, Riedewald made a stunning 87th minute block against West Ham which helped Crystal Palace go on to score a late winner – his performances against Arsenal and Norwich also drew praise from some supporters on Twitter.
Furthermore, the Netherlands international also won the club’s Player of the Month award for January.
As a result, we outlined Hodgson’s decision to drop him as harsh, unjust and cruel – however, Van Aanholt justified his manager’s call with his display against Newcastle.
The 29-year-old scored the only goal of the game with a stunning freekick, wrong-footing Martin Dubravka with a powerful effort aimed at the Slovakian’s side of the net.
Aside from that strike, the former Chelsea man was in stunning form throughout the match.
He attempted eight crosses, with five of them turning into accurate deliveries, while also taking two shots at goal.
Additionally, Van Aanholt registered a huge six key passes, four more than any other player on the pitch managed to make – the Dutchman also had 76 touches, which was more than any other Crystal Palace player took.
It was a match-winning display from the Eagles’ No.3 in the end, as it was his goal that helped the south Londoners take all three points.
Riedewald’s exclusion as soon as Van Aanholt returned seemed harsh at the time, given how well he had been playing.
However, the former England manager’s bold call was justified by his first-choice left-back against Newcastle, who delivered a stunning display against Steve Bruce’s men.
In other news, Steve Parish reacted to the win over Newcastle with a 13-word Instagram post…