So Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears all set to join Manchester United in a deal worth £50 million. Will Palace miss him? Absolutely.
Wan-Bissaka has all the qualities to become one of the best full-backs in the English game. He has pace to burn, concentrates on his defensive duties and he is known for his astute tackling ability.
Attention now turns to who Palace should replace Wan-Bissaka with. Nathaniel Clyne has recently been linked with a move back to London. Clyne is a good player but he is 28 already and Palace can surely do better than the unwanted Liverpool player, whose wages might be a little bit on the higher side.
Norwich’s Max Aarons is a good option. He is English, young, fits the bill for a good Premier League full-back but Daniel Farke’s side may need some convincing before they can sell.
Palace should consider going to Manchester United to find their replacement for Wan-Bissaka. Not Matteo Darmian and most definitely not Ashley Young. Palace should target Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Fosu-Mensah didn’t have a great season with Fulham last time out but he has previously had a decent spell with Palace before Wan-Bissaka came into prominence.
He is young and pacy, something that is very important for the modern-day full-back. He knows the manager, knows his style of play and you would hope that he could settle in quickly.
Fosu-Mensah is good with the ball at his feet and also can play in different positions across the backline. A versatile young player, who can also act as cover in defensive midfield as well.