Name: Kian Flanagan
Club: Crystal Palace
Date of Birth: 28 August 1999
Kian Flanagan – his career so far
Kian Flanagan might not be a Crystal Palace product through and through, having joined the team back in 2014/15 when he was already aged 15, but he is nonetheless one of the big talents the Eagles still have on their books.
The now 20-year-old midfielder has seen great success during his stay with the youth teams, shining throughout his rise to the U18 and U23 squads, and even being named as the Crystal Palace’s Scholar of the Year back in 2016/17.
A year later, in the 2017/18 season, however, was when he first became a regular and even more importantly, a key member of Richard Shaw’s U23s, enjoying his most fruitful spells at the club yet.
Both him and Levi Lumeka ended the campaign as joint top-scorers in the league and the young Flanagan was also named Young Player of the Year for his extraordinary venture throughout the season.
But despite his obvious qualities and an unreal eye for goal, the midfielder is still very much waiting for his chance in the senior squad of Crystal Palace and has not been sent out on loan as of this moment either.
With four years of experience and game time for the U23s, Flanagan’s chance to feature for the seniors, either at Selhurst Park or somewhere else on loan, should really be just around the corner.
The youngster has also been vocal about that lately but it does seem like the upper hierarchy are still waiting for him to get fully ready before throwing him into the fires of senior team football.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for the young talent.
Flanagan is still a part of Crystal Palace’s U23 squad but that doesn’t seem to be the ideal scenario for the 20-year-old’s development if his own words are any indication at all. Just recently, the midfielder spoke to London News Online, practically hitting out on the Eagles for not sending him out on loan.
But there were some transfer rumours connecting him to a possible exit towards Doncaster Rovers back in December 2019 and his trial at the club has since been confirmed.
Still, we don’t know whether something could still come out of it in the near future but either way, Flanagan is now bound to stay at Palace for at least a while longer.
With four years of experience at the club’s youth levels under his belt, he definitely seems ready for his first step-up. However, no Crystal Palace news suggest something like that is in the cooker for the time being.
His last contract extension was way back in 2017 and that was shortly after he’d signed his first professional deal with the club. With no movement on that front and also nothing concrete to suggest any kind of progress, his future still remains under a question mark.
Even though Flanagan is primarily a midfielder, he seems to be extremely proficient in the final third of the pitch. Throughout his stay with Crystal Palace’s youth teams, he was always among the players with most goal involvements in the squad, including the forwards.
His incredible eye for goal, combined with the intricate and above all intelligent movement across the pitch makes it easier for him to beat his markers and wreak havoc in the defensive line of the opposition.
It does, however, come as a surprise to see the lack of any real opportunities with the first-team presented to the youngster so far as his talent and potential seem to be clear. One way or the other, he will have to break onto the scene sooner rather than later.
But we’ll still have to wait and see whether that’s actually going to be at Selhurst Park or somewhere else.
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