With the silly season upon us, seeing some ludicrous rumours is going to become every day for the next couple of months. Some are more ridiculous than others, and Sunderland fans will be gobsmacked by these reports from The Sun that their former defender, Patrick Van Aanholt, could be part of a £50 million move to Manchester United soon.
With that in mind, it’s worth looking back at Van Aanholt and Sunderland since the Dutchman made his £14 million move from the Stadium of Light to Selhurst Park. It was January 2017 when he made that move away from Wearside, and what a time it was to jump from that sinking ship. David Moyes’ Sunderland went down without a whimper in that 2016/17 season, and since then, Van Aanholt has shone.
The former Chelsea defender is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League but rarely gets the recognition that he deserves. Playing for Palace isn’t something comes with loads of plaudits unless your name is Wilfried Zaha or Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and the previously mentioned £50 million move for Van Aanholt to Man United would also see the Palace right-back make the move too.
When looking at both Sunderland and Van Aanholt to see how they’ve both done since that fateful day when their paths split in 2017, it is extremely hard to find a way in which the Black Cats have outdone any of their former players. The Mackems have suffered a double relegation whilst Van Aanholt has been one of the top flights must reliable left-backs.
If the Dutchman does get that move from Palace to Manchester United it will be interesting to look at this again in a couple of years. For now, though, the defender can hold his head high and be delighted that he decided to jump ship when he did as whilst his former club have gone from low to low, he has stayed consistent and been one of Palace’s stars.
Sunderland fans, what are some of your standout memories of the Dutchman? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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