Wilfried Zaha, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Moses, Nathaniel Clyne – these are but a few of the recognisable talents in recent years to have emerged from Crystal Palace’s academy. Now, the south London side may have uncovered its latest promising prospect as they continue a proud tradition of fostering talent in SE25.
Tyrick Mitchell entered the first team XI for the first time as he covered for the injured Patrick van Aanholt at the end of the 2019/20 season. The 21-year-old left-back has continued his run of starts into this season, starting in all five games so far. His run includes emphatic wins over Southampton and Manchester United.
However, like so many first team players, Mitchell is due to see his contract expire at the end of the season. The promising starlet has more than justified his place in the squad, remarkably holding the highest number of tackles across the league this season. He kept his spot in a 1-1 draw against rivals Brighton, offering a spirited performance.
Having signed a contract extension in 2019, Mitchell’s contract situation is now once again a source of doubt.
Roy Hodgson recently issued a challenge to Mitchell to continue to impress and improve:
“We always believed he had that talent and quality, it went very well for him at the very end of last season and he’s started this season in the same vein. He should be proud of himself and what he’s achieved so far.
“But he’s a young man and he realises there’s an awful lot of work to do.
“To consistently produce those performances over a long season that takes even more.”
Mitchell’s recent performances and young age only further exacerbate the need to tie down the former Brentford academy player to a long-term deal on improved terms. The defender has exhibited his comfort at playing at the highest level and is repaying the faith shown in him with good defensive displays.
Based off of Hodgson’s comments, this season could be vital in establishing Mitchell’s status at the top level of English football.