Date: 2nd June 2022 at 2:02pm
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Crystal Palace have had a reputation in the last decade as a club that develops highly-rated fullbacks.

First, it was Nathanial Clyne, who graduated from the Eagles’ Academy in 2008 to go on and make 214 Premier League appearances, and counting, and play 14 times for England.

The most recent success is Tyrick Mitchell, who featured in all but two games for Patrick Vieira’s side last season, with his performances earning him a call up to the England squad in March.

The most successful fullback at the south London club, though, has been Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who moved to Manchester United in a £50m deal.

The season before that transfer, the 24-year-old stood out for his outstanding displays, being in the top 1% of fullbacks in the league for tackles and interceptions, and dribbles per 90 minutes.

Palace, however, may have the next Wan-Bissaka in left-back Tayo Adaramola.

The 18-year-old gem made his professional debut when he came off the bench late in the FA Cup Fourth Round against Hartlepool United, before starting in the next round against Stoke City, where the manager deemed him to be “full of energy” to reporters after the match. 

The Ireland U19 international played 65 minutes, making two interceptions and two clearances, as well as having an 85% pass accuracy.

It was an impressive defensive cameo for a teenager making his first start against Championship opposition, and Vieira was very complimentary afterwards, saying that the Dublin-born youngster “showed his potential”.

“It was a really good experience for him. I think he did some really good stuff. He showed his potential.

“We have to support him and keep working with him. You could see that he was really nervous because he didn’t allow himself to go forward as much as he likes to do. That is part of developing young players as well.

“There is a platform there to develop him. Being there in games like that and in the first-team dressing room will give him that confidence to work as a player.”

If Adaramola can perform in the future like how he did against Stoke, then Palace have another gem on their hands.

AND in other news, Palace now eyeing “unplayable” £7.2m-rated machine, he’s miles better than Benteke…


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